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Fatal accident shuts down eastbound lanes of PCH overnight in Malibu


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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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PCH through Malibu is one of the most deadly highways in California. Bicyclists and motorcyclists are especially at risk. Enforcing the speed limit would reduce the risk.

LA Sheriffs and CA Highway Patrols typically nab speeders on the downhill eastbound section between Malibu Canyon Road and Webb Way where the pickins is easy but their actions have no effect on PCH safety.

Law enforcement, enforce the speed linit throughout Malibu and you will earn less revenue but will save more lives.

I saw this on PCH at about 10 o'clock. It was bad.

They were turning everyone around, and the photojournalist in me wanted to grab some photos. So I parked my car, grabbed my Canon and started snapping pictures. I was walking on the westbound side towards Santa Monica, and saw a total of about 10 cop cars. The car in question was a white Hyundai, most likely a rental car from the looks of it. He had just pulled out of Geoffreys, and a motorcyclist on a sportbike hit him directly across the hood, right near the front wheels. The bike was about 100 feet down the road with it's lights still on, and the body of the rider was about 10 feet away from the car.

The body was covered with an orange tarp, but you could really just sense a death in the air. Very morbid. I shot some fantastic shots and was atleast 50 feet from anything that was going on; not bothering anyone. An officer came over, asked me what the hell I was doing, and demanded to see my camera. I told him I was shooting photos for my photojournalism class, but he said that doesn't matter and deleted all my photos and made me walk back to my car and leave. I was only able to shoot one shot from my car, and it isn't even good. I'll put it up if anyone asks.

Dangerous dark stretch of road, with high speed limit. btw, try the shrimp diavalo. And no one eats at Geoffrey's at night except out towners. Sundown and brunch...

The most dangerous place on PCH with down hill speeds approaching speeds 70
and and the cars parked for the restaurant blocking the view of those leaving the
restaurant ,,,,how is it that the owners and the city of Malibu and the county and state have not been cited or sued especially since it the favorite place for a speed trap by the Malibu sheriffs department ,and the Highway patrol !!!!!!!!!

Somehow I always thought that PCH ran north and south...

yes north and south! thx Team Mom!

Was the driver of the car sited? Given a ticket? Or taken to jail for killing someone?


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