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High speed led to biker’s death

Coroner’s official releases more details on Soledad Canyon Road crash; passenger in critical but sta

Posted: July 16, 2012 4:00 a.m.
Updated: July 16, 2012 4:00 a.m.

A Lancaster man who died in a motorcycle crash on Soledad Canyon Road Saturday was traveling fast when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road, a coroner’s spokesman said Sunday.

Joel Robert Renteria, 30, of Lancaster, died Saturday when his motorcycle crashed on Soledad about a half-mile east of Highway 14.

Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said Sunday that no autopsy has been done on Renteria’s body.

“It appears he was taking a turn at too high a speed and was unable to negotiate the turn,” Bale said.

A woman injured in the same crash, identified as Sera Anderson, 21, of Lancaster, was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with injuries described as serious to critical, according to a report filed by the California Highway Patrol investigator.

On Sunday, Anderson was listed in critical but stable condition, according to the hospital spokeswoman.

While traveling northbound on Soledad Canyon, the motorcycle veered across double-yellow lines in the center of the road and struck a metal guard rail bordering the west shoulder of the road, according to the CHP report.

Renteria was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.



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