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Fatal accident shuts down eastbound lanes of PCH overnight in Malibu

March 16, 2011 | 11:52 pm


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A fatal motorcycle accident late Wednesday on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu has shut down the eastbound lanes of the narrow coastal road, likely overnight, authorities said.

The accident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. when a driver in a car leaving Geoffrey’s restaurant at 27400 Pacific Coast Highway apparently turned into the path of a motorcyclist heading east, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Thompson of the Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

The motorcyclist, whose identity was not immediately available, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thompson said investigators expected to be working until about 4 or 5 a.m. Lanes heading west were open, but he called the road “a convoluted mess.”

“Just avoid the whole area,” Thompson advised motorists, adding that drivers heading east are being turned back by deputies.

Thompson said deputies were still investigating what took place but believed unfamiliarity with the road  played a role for the driver of the car, who may have been from out of town. The driver was tested at the scene and alcohol was not a factor, Thompson said.

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