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Witnesses said motorcyclist was traveling more than 100 mph while trying to split lanes

CHPBy Eric Heinz

A San Clemente man died Monday morning at Mission Viejo Regional Medical Center due to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle collision Sunday night in San Juan Capistrano, according to California Highway Patrol officers.

An Orange County Coroner press release stated Daniel Amezcua, 27, was the motorcyclist who died. The CHP press release reported witnesses said Amezcua was traveling about 100 miles per hour on a modified Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle about 8:15 p.m Sunday in the northbound I-5 lane near Stonehill Drive in San Juan.

The release stated Amezcua tried to split a lane to get past slower traffic near the far left car pool lane when his motorcycle “drifted to the right and collided” with the left rear bumper of a Kia Sorrento that was traveling at the highway speed limit of 65 miles per hour.

Amezcua was ejected from the motorcycle when he collided with the vehicle, and an off-duty EMT and lifeguard attempted to provide medical care for the motorcyclist, the release stated.

Amezcua was taken to Mission Viejo Regional Medical Center shortly after the accident. He died of his injuries about 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, CHP officers said.

CHP officers on Tuesday said the incident is still under investigation.

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