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Motorcyclist Dies in Collision on 91 Freeway in Cerritos

The Corona resident was killed in an accident on Friday night.

A 54-year-old motorcyclist from Corona was killed Friday night when his bike rear-ended two stopped vehicles in heavy traffic on the Artesia (91) Freeway in Cerritos, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The motorcyclist was later identified as James R. Scarborough, a resident of Corona, according to a department statement.

The crash on the eastbound freeway at Shoemaker Avenue took place about 6:50 p.m. Friday, according to the CHP. 

Scarborough was riding a 2007 Honda motorcycle when he rear-ended a 2005 Nissan Altima that was stopped in the carpool lane due to traffic ahead and then struck a 2004 Ford Expedition, as he apparently tried to maneuver in between the carpool lane and the No. 1 lane.

The victim was ejected from his bike onto the roadway, and died at the scene.

- City News Service contributed to this report.

Ruben Legaspi Jr. October 15, 2012 at 02:14 PM
My thought and prayers go out the family of the victim. My name is Ruben Legaspi and I know I don’t know any of his family member. He as-well as his family have been in my prayers since this tragedy accrued. I was on the 91 freeway that’s night and witnessed what happened. I know what it is to lose a loved one, and how the best way to get closer is to all ways remember the good times and fun time. I will continue to pray for your family and send nothing but happy thought your way. Once again I’m very sorry for your loss.
dan happoldt October 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Penny, I'm Dan Happoldt from the Thurs. nite group called the "Runamuks' Many of us have known Jim for over 20 yrs. He was a good man and helped alot of the new guys in the program. We sincerely share your great loss and will pray for him at tonite's meeting. Please send me your address so we can send a card to your family. Was going to call, but felt you were dealing with a lot right now. He would share some nice stories about his family and how blessed he was to have them back after all the "crazy" years before he found the program. I have few fotos to send if you would like them. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help out during this difficult time. peace/ love, "poolman Dan" dpoolman@socal.rr.com - 562 430 1129
Emma October 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Dear Penny, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I was one of his customers at H&H. As a skilled arborist, Jim was helping me resolve issues with my willow tree. He was going to find a tree replacement to suit my yard's soil. I hadn't heard back from him in a while so I called H&H, and Jeff just told me about his accident. Your husband was a wonderful man, so kind, capable, and knowledgeable. I've sought his advice often through the years. He will be missed. My sincere condolences, Emma
Scott baker October 28, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Jim is rare indeed, bad things seem to happen to the best people. I know there is a hole in many hearts as he was known and so very well respected by everyone who came in contact with him. I was fortunate to know him, and get to enjoy his company everyday as I admire the work he did at my home. We shared many stories together, and as a fellow off road enthusiast we tried, but never did take a trip together. H&H will never be the same as he was H&H. I haven't spoken to him in years, only through friends i have been referring. I only found out about the accident, because he was working on a friends house when it happened. I even enjoyed a pack of hostess donuts in his honor cause when I was working with him that's what he used to eat. If I know Jim he's probably tring to figure out how to help those finish the projects he left unfinished along with find his replacement at H&H, perhaps impossible. BTW...Jim, if your listening, when you have a free moment can you call me about a couple of issues with my Palms :). RIP brother.
Scott baker October 28, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Jim is rare indeed, bad things seem to happen to the best people. I know there is a hole in many hearts as he was known and so very well respected by everyone who came in contact with him. I was fortunate to know him, and get to enjoy his company everyday as I admire the work he did at my home. We shared many stories together, and as a fellow off road enthusiast we tried, but never did take a trip together. H&H will never be the same as he was H&H. I haven't spoken to him in years, only through friends i have been referring. I only found out about the accident, because he was working on a friends house when it happened. I even enjoyed a pack of hostess donuts in his honor cause when I was working with him that's what he used to eat. If I know Jim he's probably tring to figure out how to help those finish the projects he left unfinished along with find his replacement at H&H, perhaps impossible. BTW...Jim, if your listening, when you have a free moment can you call me about a couple of issues with my Palms :). RIP brother.

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