Lake Elsinore, CA – Monday, September 18, 2017 at 5:02 p.m. officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal head-on-vehicle accident that took place on the westbound lane of Highway 74 west of Grand Ave. Two vehicles were involved in the fatal collision to include a red BMW motorcycle and a newer gray Hyundai. When officers arrived, they located the Hyundai and the motorcycle blocking the westbound lane as well as a lot of debris scattered throughout the roadway from both vehicles. Three individuals, two men and a woman who travelled in the Hyundai remained at the scene and were extremely distraught. The solo rider of the motorcycle, a male was located on the ground, he was treated by paramedics however he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the responding Coroner. The rider was later identified by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office as 42-year-old Kenji Nash of Beaumont, CA. Upon impact, Nash was ejected from the motorcycle and landed on the right shoulder to the westbound lane more than 40 feet behind the vehicle. The motorcycle appeared to have bounced back and away from the vehicle after impact landing on the ground more than 30 feet in front of the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, first responders draped a U.S. flag over Nash. Traffic was reduced to a shared lane for both directions as Firefighters stopped and directed traffic while Highway Patrol Officers measured and investigated the collision. According to witnesses at the scene, the Hyundai was travelling westbound on the westbound lane when Nash who travelled eastbound crossed the double solid lines dividing the road and collided head-on with the Hyundai. Nash was allegedly seen as he repeatedly passed other motorists and crossed onto the opposite lane of the highway moments prior to the collision. The three occupants of the Hyundai were in shock, they were evaluated by paramedics and then departed the scene in a different vehicle. The California Highway Patrol is investigating this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Temecula Field Office at (951) 506-2000.
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