A 23-year-old motorcyclist was killed and another motorist seriously injured in a collision triggered when a vehicle pulled in front of the rider on a Murrieta street, authorities said Friday.
Mason Penticoff of Murrieta was fatally injured in the crash about 6:10 a.m. Thursday on Jefferson Avenue, just south of Guava Street, according to the Murrieta Police Department.
The agency said Penticoff was headed southbound on Jefferson in the No. 1 lane when the driver of a minivan pulled out of his driveway onto Jefferson, intending to make a left turn northbound.
Penticoff had no time to stop and slammed into the driver’s side of the minivan, according to police.
The victim was ejected from his motorcycle and onto the street, suffering catastrophic injuries.
The minivan driver, whose identity was not disclosed, suffered major injuries but managed to pull to the curb after the collision, police said.
Murrieta Fire & Rescue personnel arrived minutes later and pronounced Penticoff dead at the scene.
The minivan driver was taken to a regional trauma center for treatment and was expected to recover.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the police Traffic Bureau at 951-461-6397.