MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY CAR ON HIGHWAY 78 SUSTAINS MAJOR INJURIES

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March 18, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Shirley Frantum, 51, of Upland was riding her Harley Davidson east on Highway 78 on March 16 when she entered a curve east of San Felipe Road. She was struck by a Hyundai Sonata driven by Matthew Hon, 20, from Murrieta.

“According to witness statements, the Hyundai and the motorcycle entered the curve at approximately the same time.  The driver of the motorcycle was traveling on the double yellow lines," said Officer Brian Pennings with the California Highway Patrol. “ The Hyundai was driving close to the yellow lines, but still within the westbound lane.”

As the two vehicles began to pass each other, the motorcyclist allowed the left portion of the motorcycle to travel into the westbound lane, Pennings added. “This caused the motorcycle to collide with the lower left driver’s side door of the Hyundai.  The motorcyclist was ejected to the right and struck the ground in the eastbound lane.”

Witnesses reported that the Hyundai was traveling at around 40 mph into the curve, which has a posted speed limited of 30 mph.  It is unknown how fast the motorcycle was traveling. 

Frantum was transported by ground ambulance to Palomar Hospital with major injuries.  No injuries were reported from Hon.   Frantum was wearing a safety helmet at the time of the collision. 

“It is unlikely that alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision,” Penning stated.  This collision remains under investigation. If you have further information, contact Officer Brian Pennings at the El Cajon CHP office at (619) 401-2000.