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Car crashes into motorcycles: 5 dead, 6 injured in California crash


Posted on Nov 14, 2010

A man was arrested on the suspicion that he was driving while intoxicated when he plowed his car head-on into a group of motorcyclists.  Four motorcyclists and a passenger in the car died. Six other motorcyclists were injured.
 
The California motorcycle accident occurred at about 1 p.m.  on Saturday, November 13 on state Route 98 in Ocotillo, California near the Mexican border east of San Diego. 
 
A group of 21 riders on about a dozen motorcycles were riding together to celebrate their motorcycle club's 10th anniversary.  A driver in a gold Honda Civic with California license plates tried to pass the motorcyclists on the undivided two-lane highway.  As the Civic passed, it forced a driver in a white Dodge Avenger off the road.   
 
The driver of the Dodge swerved to the right shoulder to avoid the Honda and then over compensated and swung left into on-coming traffic. He was travelling at 60 m.p.h. when he crashed into the motorcyclists.
 
Four motorcyclists and one passenger in the car died.
 
One injury victim suffered a punctured lung and broken hip and ankle. A second punctured a lung and sustained a brain injury.  Another broke his pelvis, ribs, back and jaw and a fourth had her spleen removed. Two others sustained less serious injuries to the leg and hand.
 
The driver of the Dodge was arrested when officers smelled alcohol on his breath about five hours after accident. Police are still looking for the driver of the Honda.

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