A dangerous curve on the Ortega Highway, known to some drivers as the “carousel,” was the scene of a two-vehicle crash that sent one man to the hospital today.
“A motorcyclist was traveling westbound at an unknown rate of speed,” said California Highway Patrol officer Brian Keene.
According to Keene, a head-on collision occurred when the motorcyclist “entered the curve and drifted into the eastbound lane” and into the path of a Toyota Camry driven by a 41-year-old Lake Elsinore resident traveling at about 35 mph.
“The driver of the Camry braked — that’s about all he had time to do. The motorcycle rider then struck the right front end of the car and was thrown, along with the bike, over the guardrail,” Keene said.
Keene said the motorcyclist was a 20-year-old Marine from Camp Pendleton.
The man was transported to an area hospital with injuries that have been described as moderate.
Keene said that an investigation is underway.