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91 Freeway Closed for Crash That Killed Motorcycle Rider in Riverside

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Traffic backs up during a crash investigation on the 91 Freeway in Riverside Thursday July 7, 2022. © Provided by NBC Los Angeles

Traffic backs up during a crash investigation on the 91 Freeway in Riverside Thursday July 7, 2022.

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a Tesla Thursday morning on the 91 Freeway in Riverside.

The crash on the eastbound 91 Freeway was reported at about 5 a.m. west of Magnolia Avenue. Lanes remained closed late Thursday morning for the crash investigation.

The victim was riding his Yamaha V-Star in the HOV lane when a Tesla Model Y approached from behind, according to authorities.

"At some point, a collision occurred involved the two vehicles," said California Highway Patrol Officer Keith Ballantyne. "The rider of the Yamaha was ejected from the motorcycle."

The man died at the scene.

The Tesla driver was not injured. The Model Y ended up in bushes next to the freeway.

Eastbound lanes were closed at Pierce Street. As of midday, some lanes were still closed for the investigation and crash cleanup, leaving traffic at a standstill.

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