A motorcyclist crashed Wednesday on the Ortega (74) Highway west of Lake Elsinore during a possible act of road rage aimed at the driver of a sedan, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred about 4:50 p.m. near the Candy Store pullout on the highway, roughly 10 miles from Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore.
According to the CHP, two motorcyclists were attempting to go around a silver sedan on the two-lane corridor when one of the riders “threw a punch” at the motorist’s window for reasons unclear.
The suspect missed a bend in the road while focusing on the vehicle, and his motorcycle overturned as he tried to steer back onto the pavement, according to reports from the scene.
Riverside County Fire Department personnel arrived within a few minutes and found the rider down on the roadway. The CHP blocked both eastbound and westbound traffic while paramedics rendered treatment. The extent of the man’s injuries were not immediately clear.
The driver of the sedan wasn’t hurt. Details about the second motorcyclist were not available.