By Leon Worden / SCVNews.com
A 37-year-old motorcycle rider from Saugus was killed Sunday morning when he crossed the double-yellow lines on Bouquet Canyon Road to pass a slower-moving passenger car – just as the car started to turn left into a driveway.
California Highway Patrol officials identified the rider of the yellow 2009 Yamaha R-1 racing motorcycle as Samuel Choy. The collision occurred at 10:40 a.m. on a two-lane stretch of Bouquet just past Blue Cloud Road and the Lily of the Valley mobile home park, south of Vasquez Canyon Road.
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A CHP report states that Choy was traveling north on Bouquet as he approached the rear of a 2010 Kia Forte driven by Robert Smith of Riverside.
Choy “attempted to illegally pass the Kia by driving left of the broken double yellow lines (into the southbound lane),” the CHP report states. “At the same time, Mr. Smith initiated a left turn into the residence” in the 29000 block of Bouquet Canyon Road.
“The motorcycle subsequently struck the left rear quarter panel of the Kia, ejecting Mr. Choy as both motorcycle and rider flipped over the Kia, resulting in the death of Mr. Choy and complaint of pain injuries to the passengers of the Kia.”
Smith, 53, was uninjured. His two passengers, a 53-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, sustained minor injuries to their elbow, wrist and back.
A group of Choy’s friends and family members had gathered at the scene of the collision by the time a coroner’s van arrived at 1 p.m. The rider’s body rested on a low hillside about 30 feet from his bike.
CHP Officer Krystal Carter said investigators had not yet reported how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of the collisio