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Third fatality reported on reopened section of Angeles Crest Highway

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A Fontana man died Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on Angeles Crest Highway and went off the edge of a cliff, officials said.

It is the third fatal crash on the steep, twisting roadway since a long-closed seven-mile segment between La Cañada Flintridge and Angeles Forest Highway reopened on June 3.

The motorcyclist was identified by coroner’s officials as Everett Justin Howell, 35. Excessive speed may be to blame for the crash, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Armenta told the Glendale News-Press.

“It looks like he went too fast, slid and then went off the edge,” Armenta said. “The bike went about 40 feet. He went about 100 [feet].”

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--Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

Photo: Sign pointing to Angeles Crest Highway. Credit: L.A. Times

 
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