A 40-year-old Jurupa Valley man who lost control of his motorcycle on a curve east of Mountain Center and collided head-on with a van was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said Thursday.
The fatality happened about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday on state Route 74, near Ribbonwood Drive, between Mountain Center and Pinyon Pines, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer Darren Meyer said the victim, whose name was expected to be released Thursday afternoon, was eastbound on the highway when he attempted to negotiate a “sweeping right hand curve.” About the same time, 46-year-old Christopher Fife of Mountain Center was entering the same curve from the opposite direction, heading west in his Toyota Sienna van, Meyer said.
The rider was unable to remain in eastbound lanes and crossed the double yellow lines — putting his 2013 Harley Davidson directly in the path of the oncoming Toyota. The motorcycle and van collided, and the rider was ejected onto the highway, according to Meyer.
Fife was not injured.
Meyer said alcohol or drugs may have been contributing factors, but the investigation is ongoing.