Motorcyclist Trying to Pass Car Dies in Fiery Wrong-Way Crash in Camarillo: Officials

Crews put out flames after a fatal crash in Camarillo on Aug. 21, 2019, in an image provided by the Ventura County Fire Department.

Crews put out flames after a fatal crash in Camarillo on Aug. 21, 2019, in an image provided by the Ventura County Fire Department.

A motorcyclist was killed after he used the opposing lane of traffic in attempt to pass another driver and slammed head-on into a big rig in Camarillo, officials said Thursday.

The driver he was trying to get around was left seriously injured after the fiery three-vehicle collision about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday on Pleasant Valley Road just south of the Camarillo Premium Outlets, Ventura County sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

The semitruck hauling cardboard pallets was headed west when a Honda motorcycle, traveling east, crossed into the westbound lanes to pass a Volkswagen sedan in front of it between Southfield and Las Posas roads.

The head-on crash caused the truck to spin out of control and collide with the Volkswagen. The force of that second impact resulted in both vehicles leaving the road and coming to rest in an agricultural field, investigators said.

The big rig overturned on as it entered the field and the cardboard it was carrying caught fire. The flames spread to the sedan, where the female driver was trapped inside.

Images and video released by fire officials show the red Volkswagen’s front end and windshield completely caved in.

Officials say bystanders who saw the crash were able to keep the flames from consuming the Volkswagen by spraying them with a garden hose until first responders arrived.

The car’s driver, a 28-year-old Oxnard woman, was extricated and hospitalized with serious injuries.

The truck’s 68-year-old driver was able to escape without injury, but the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have identified the deceased only as a 58-year-old Oxnard man.

The cardboard burned for several hours before crews were able to extinguish the flames, deputies said.

The collision remains under investigation. Any witnesses can contact Deputy Shawn Holzberger at 805-388-5146.

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