Authorities Sunday worked to find out why a 42-year-old motorcyclist crashed into a mountainside, killing him in the deadly accident in the Angeles National Forest near Pasadena.

There was no word from officials if drugs or alcohol may have been invovled, nor if speeding may have contributed to the crash.

The crash was reported at about 1 p.m. Saturday in the westbound Angeles Crest (2) Highway, California Highway Patrol Officer R. Donoghue said.

The Downey resident was riding a 2007 Suzuki westbound on the Angeles Crest Highway when he lost control and hit the mountainside along the right shoulder, Donoghue said.

The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s name was not released pending notification of family.

Investigators had yet to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

A SigAlert at 1:05 p.m. shut down the Angeles Crest Highway in the crash area until 2:55 p.m., Donoghue said.

— City News Service

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