RIVERSIDE, CA (July 8, 2022) – Michael Winter, a 25-year-old motorcyclist from Redlands, was fatally injured when he collided with a sports sedan that turned in front of him at a Riverside intersection, authorities said today.
Winter died about 8:10 p.m. Thursday in the crash at Streeter Avenue and Jerry Louder Drive, according to the Riverside Police Department.
Sgt. Andrew Leyva said that Winter was riding his Suzuki northbound on Streeter at an undetermined speed when he reached the intersection at the same time that a 32-year-old motorist in a Dodge Charger arrived from the opposite direction and initiated a left turn onto Jerry Louder.
“As both vehicles entered the intersection, they collided,” Leyva said.
He said Michael Winter was ejected onto the roadway, suffering catastrophic injuries. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics a few minutes later.
The Dodge driver, whose identity was not disclosed, was not hurt, nor was the motorist’s passenger.
Both were interviewed by investigators. No one was arrested.
“At this time, it is unknown if alcohol or drugs may have been contributing factors,” the sergeant said.
He said the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information was asked to contact the police Traffic Bureau at 951-826-8724.
via City News Service
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