Authorities identify bikers killed in San Fernando Valley crash
Authorities Monday released the names of two motorcyclists killed in the San Fernando Valley area during the Love Ride, a popular charity event that draws hundreds of bikers each year.
Romario Zeri, 51, of Marina Del Rey and his passenger, Julie Anne Cameron, 38, of Torrancewere killed Sunday when they struck the back tire of a tanker truck south of Branford Street on Interstate 5 and were run over, authorities said.
According to KABC-TV Channel 7, the pair had been participating in the Love Ride, a one-day event that helps raise money for children's charities. Organizers say the event draws hundreds of bikers as well as celebrities. Jay Leno, host of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," was this year's grand marshal.
At the time of the accident, organizers of the event were unable to determine whether Zeri and Cameron were taking part in the ride from Glendale to Castaic Lake or if they were just riding to the event separately from the main pack. A spokesperson for the nonprofit foundation that runs the Love Ride could not be reached for comment Monday.
The crash was the second involving motorcycles during the event.
An hour before the fatal crash, two motorcyclists participating in the bike ride event collided. The two bikers were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover.
Organizers have said the two accidents were tragic and devastating. On Sunday, Susan Morrison, the event's spokeswoman, said there had never been a fatality in the 28 years of the event.
CHP officials say the fatal accident is still under investigation.
-- Ruben Vives