A 37-year-old motorcycle rider from Saugus was killed Sunday morning when he crossed the double-yellow lines on Bouquet Canyon Road to pass a slower-moving passenger car – just as the car started to turn left into a driveway.
California Highway Patrol officials identified the rider of the yellow 2009 Yamaha R-1 racing motorcycle as Samuel Choy. The collision occurred at 10:40 a.m. on a two-lane stretch of Bouquet just past Blue Cloud Road and the Lily of the Valley mobile home park, south of Vasquez Canyon Road.
A CHP report states that Choy was traveling north on Bouquet as he approached the rear of a 2010 Kia Forte driven by Robert Smith of Riverside.
Choy “attempted to illegally pass the Kia by driving left of the broken double yellow lines (into the southbound lane),” the CHP report states. “At the same time, Mr. Smith initiated a left turn into the residence” in the 29000 block of Bouquet Canyon Road.
A 2009 Yamaha R-1, like the one Choy was riding
“The motorcycle subsequently struck the left rear quarter panel of the Kia, ejecting Mr. Choy as both motorcycle and rider flipped over the Kia, resulting in the death of Mr. Choy and complaint of pain injuries to the passengers of the Kia.”
Smith, 53, was uninjured. His two passengers, a 53-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, sustained minor injuries to their elbow, wrist and back.
A group of Choy’s friends and family members had gathered at the scene of the collision by the time a coroner’s van arrived at 1 p.m. The rider’s body rested on a low hillside about 30 feet from his bike.
CHP Officer Krystal Carter said investigators had not yet reported how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of the collision.
Messages posted on SCVTV’s Facebook page:
Jaimie Murphy-Gonzales: RIP Sam. I worked with his wife, my husband was their sons baseball coach for a season. Sam was a great husband and father, my heart goes out to them all. SO very sad.
Cameron Beswick: My friend and I were driving behind them before the accident occurred. They pulled out of the albertsons parkway where Haskell cyn meets bouquet and were riding the speed limit, it was a yellow r1 and a flat black r1. We were meetin up with a friend who lives down bouquet before Vasquez and we were pretty much behind them the whole way there up until the intersection of plum canyon and bouquet where the la cocina restaurant is. The light was red and as soon as it turned green the yellow r1 sped off and did a wheelie as the flat black r1 followed. They disappeared on the corners and as soon as we came around the bend where lily of the valley is, that’s when we saw the accident and we pulled over, we were the first ones there, the driver of the Kia was getting out and the two passengers were already out and had called 911, or at least they said that they did, the other rider had parked his motorcycle on the left side of the rode right where his friend was and he was attending his friend, we asked if they needed help, and that’s when everyone else pulled over, a neighbor and nurse came out and removed his glove to check for circulation and his helmet, as soon as the paramedics arrived and CHP is when we left. We drove by later and saw the coroner and realized he didn’t make it.  right when we arrived at the accident I had asked the driver of the Kia what had happened, i clearly remember that he explained he had his blinker on and he looked and saw it was clear in front of him to proceed into the driveway. From the way it looked, the driver of the Kia was yielding to what was in front of him as any other normal driver would, not expecting to get hit from behind by a speeding passing motorcycle.