A California motorcyclist has been declared dead after he ran into the rear of another motorcyclist on the Santa Monica Freeway near West Los Angeles.
According to the Daily Breeze, the California Highway Patrol says the crash occurred around 4:25 p.m on the eastbound side of the freeway. The Los Angeles Times reports that both motorcyclists were reported as traveling fast and weaving between lanes of traffic when a 23-year-old unidentified motorcyclist crashed into the back of the 29-year-old motorcyclist, causing both to fall off their bikes, authorities say. The motorcycle of the 29-year-old man then slid under an Acura that was also traveling down the freeway.
The 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The 29-year-old man was treated for injuries, then placed under arrest for DUI, according to CHP authorities. The occupants of the Acura were reportedly unhurt, the Breeze reports.
All but one of the eastbound lanes were closed as a result of the wreck for several hours, according to the Times.