Simi Valley accident seriously injures motorcyclist; wanted witnesses

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A biker was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that closed a Simi Valley intersection for hours on Friday afternoon, police officials said.

While all parties remained at the scene and authorities do not believe DUI or excessive speeding was involved, investigators are nonetheless looking for additional witnesses to piece together exactly what happened.

The collision, which also involved a Volkswagen Tiguan SUV, took place around 1:15 p.m. at First Street and Los Angeles Avenue, according to reports from the Simi Valley Police Department and the Ventura County Fire Department.

The motorcyclist, a 69-year-old man from Arroyo Grande, had apparently come out of the driveway of the Shell gas station at the southeast corner of the intersection. The police department’s preliminary investigation revealed that he had taken First Street northbound directly onto the SUV’s path, which was heading north in the right lane.

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The SUV was driven by a 17-year-old girl from Simi Valley, police said.

“The dangerous speed and the DUI did not appear to be a cause of the collision,” the department said in a statement.

The rider was found in critical condition when police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, authorities said. He was taken by ambulance to Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. The hospital has the only Level II trauma center in eastern Ventura County.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, the rider remained in critical condition, police said.

The intersection was closed for hours on Friday afternoon as authorities investigated. At 7 p.m., only one northbound lane of First Street remained closed, a police official said.

Any witnesses who have not already spoken to police are urged to contact Traffic Investigator Bryan Sarfaty at 805-583-6189 or [email protected].

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