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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.

NANCY MOSQUEDA October 06, 2012 at 06:38 PM
MY HEART GOES TO HIS FAMILY, MY SON WAS KILLLED FROM MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT TOO.3 YEARS AGO.IT BREAKS MY HEART EVERY TIME I HEAR ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE THAT GOT KILLED ON A MOTORCYCLE .
Maria Hughley October 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
This type of news really saddens me. I lost my father in a motorcycle accident. I prat for this man and his family......God Bless
Tay Scott October 07, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Unfortunately motorcycles need to stop thinking they own the road and zig zagging through traffic. Feel bad for this guy, just hope this sends a message to all those who drive one. It's not safe to weave through cars and think we can see you!!
rita lanning October 07, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Tay I agree however I drove past this accident about 10 mins later and I must say I hope I NEVER again see what i did last night. my brother is a bike rider and i think even though they feel they own the road if we as driver look twice or three times and try to stay in to the left side of the lane these people would be able to pass easier. If I see or hear a bike I take my foot off the gas and slide out of their way. after all it is their road as well. DMV says lane sharing is legal so they have every right.
Josh w October 07, 2012 at 05:16 AM
this was my girlfriend's father... i don't think this was fully what happened jim was too careful to let this happen
Roseanne Stoltz October 07, 2012 at 01:38 PM
When I'm stopped in traffic I often try to keep closer to one side so motorcyclists can pass if they are going by. They are allowed by law to pass between cars since they're vehicle cooling system is dependent on keeping moving. Sitting idle in traffic may cause over heating. They have to proceed with caution and as car drivers we can do what we can to make it as safe for them as possible. Prayers to the family of the man who passed away. God bless
Christine October 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM
My condolences go out to motorcyclist's family.. The traffic in that area can come to a complete stop -> that's my exit going eastbound & I just barely miss the traffic almost every time.. It's a small curve and the traffic begins to slow around there pretty quickly.. Although, I think we need to be aware of the cars & motorcycles surrounding us, the motorcycle riders need to be aware of the other vehicles, as well.. There are times when I'm about to either pull into or out of the carpool lane & have had to adjust my motion because of a motorcyclist that decides to weave in & out of traffic..
Cady Scarborough October 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
He was aware. This was my father. I know my father well enough that he was thoroughly paying attention to the road. He probably swerved or something like that....and he never though he owned the road....ever. Don't assume. You do not know him.
Mary October 07, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Really sorry what happened to your dad. I don't think Christine was talking about your dad, she was talking about her experience as she exits the carpool lane at that particular exit. I agree with Rita since both drivers of cars and motorcycles share the road we need to be careful of each other. Really sad news.
s October 07, 2012 at 10:35 PM
i ride that spot every day and i saw the aftermath of the wreck on my way home that night. i am pretty careful when i ride. but things like this are a reminder of how critical of a situation it is on the freeway for all of us. there are way more car drivers out there than there are riders. yes some riders go too fast. i agree. but this guy wasnt going too fast from what i read. i was not there. just sounds like wrong place at the wrong time. but i do know that riders cant text while they ride. nor talk on the phone. as riders we see all you drivers out there distracted, and getting aggressivly close and fast near us. riding requires way more skill than drivivng. if you want to be a hot dog, get a bike. or else please just put down your phone, and drive safe.
penny scarborough October 08, 2012 at 12:14 AM
My family and I appreciate all your prayers and good thoughts. I am his wife and truly feel better knowing that people who don't even know Jim have him in his thoughts. I hope people remember that the investigation is not complete. I was told that this could take up to a month. Also, if you were a witness to the accident to please contact the CHP. I don't know what happened to make him hit that first car, I don't know if drove over something on the road that led him to hit the car or if he had to swerve which made him to hit the car. These are all details that I hope are being investigated. I am truly grateful that no one else involved in the accident was physically injured and that they are alive and well with their loved ones. Cars can be fixed and repaired.
Bree October 08, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I saw this gentleman pass by me on the 91 fwy.. It was already with heavy traffic.. And all of a sudden it stopped. I was like its only a small fender bender. Then when I passed but the scene I was almost in tears. I saw this gentleman on the ground covered in a white sheet. I couldn't believe it! I was soo nervous after I saw that horrific scene, I h a long drive to Irvine and I was just thinking about his family and how his last minute of life was. My condolences goes out to his family this is with all my heart.
Bree October 08, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I really truly am sorry about your husbands passing. I was not a witness but I really truly hope they can solve what had happened in the accident. My condolences go out to you and your family
Kari Heighington October 08, 2012 at 10:02 PM
My heart goes out to this family. We were on our way back from Universal Studios on the top level of a double decker tour bus with our children and drove by this accident. I have the images imprinted in my mind and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I wish he had a white sheet on when we drove by. It was so heart breaking. Immediately I thought about the family that this soul belongs to. From the bottom of my heart I am so sorry for your loss. I know lane splitting is legal for motorcycles in California but it is so scary and so unpredictable as to what the drivers in other lanes are going to do. Many motorcycles had zipped through traffic while we were on the bus. Not saying your husband and father was one of them but my thought watching this was wow..,that looks so dangerous and yet it is legal. I honestly can't even wrap my head around how this can be legal. I have been researching the amount of accidents involving motorcycles in California since Friday night and I think someone should think about revoking this law. It is simply TOO DANGEROUS! Even if the motorcyclist is following all the rules how can he/she possibly judge what all the other people on the road not looking for a motorcyclists are going to do. I know they should be looking but the reality is so many folks are simply in a hurry or on a phone or doing something else to preoccupy them from what they are suppose to be paying attention to & in many cases these bikes are going to fast.
ge.p October 09, 2012 at 06:00 PM
you know i was one of the first people to stop n get out of the car to see if the guy was alright.. this was sad.. me and another gentlemen walked up to him to see if we can help.. i would like to say more but out of respect of their family.. God Bless you bruh. i will never forget you ..
ge.p October 09, 2012 at 06:14 PM
my heart goes out to you and your family. im glad i can put a name to the face ive seen that night.. rip jim
penny scarborough October 10, 2012 at 01:07 AM
ge.p......Thank you so much.!!! My (his wife,penny) greatest fear and sadness was thinking that he was all alone. Knowing that good people such as youself was with him is reassurring to me and his family. I wish I could meet you , or get in touch with you , so if you felt comfortable you could pass onto me any words jim might have said or what his final moments were. I do have a better understanding of what transpired from another eyewitness who gave his account to the chp and all of this, even tho it doesn't change the outcome of what happened, helps me come to terms with it. Once again, I truly appreciate yours and everyone's good thoughts and comments.
s October 10, 2012 at 02:15 AM
i know it seems counter-intuitive that lane splitting would be legal. but given the scope of the traffic that we have here in socal, think about all the rear endings you see on the road these days now that people text and drive. a bike would really not do well if it was hit from behind. with all the increasingly distracted (and increasingly aggressive) drivers out there on the southern california roads, i personally will take my chances driving between lanes, when safe, in order to stay away from cars.
Vince Lopez October 10, 2012 at 03:30 AM
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Vince Lopez October 10, 2012 at 03:38 AM
@ Penny Scarborough and family. I was the one who called in the accident. Penny, your husband definitely was not alone. im glad to have found this article to learn the name of the victim of this horrbible accident. Your husband has been on my mind I wanna reassure you that im am sure that he felt no pain...and did not suffer. i called 911 at 9:53 p.m and that was the exact time i saw the sparks of the accident. Right away i called it in and instantly left my vehicle to assist any one in need. At first i thought it was just another rear end accident but i saw sparks and knew it was bad. Im sure that you do not want details, but know that it must have been about 30secs- 1minute between the accident until the time your husband did not have a pule any longer. Ive seen what others have written about motorcyclists...but what has been on my mind is how the accident ended in fatality. Traffic must have only been going 5-10 miles per hour if not stopped, i cant remeber, i remeber seeing your husband go by and it was definitely faster than traffic but even if he rear ended another vehicle ( no matter whos fault it was) i dont see how it could have lead to his death.
Vince Lopez October 10, 2012 at 03:38 AM
But anyways your husband wasnt a lone and be assured that he didn't suffer. A man even put a jack over his body. in a lot of ways your husbands passing has made me rethink some things and do my best to live each as it may be my last. I'm sure you husband was a great man, a good father, friend, and brother. I'm sorry for your loss again. God Bless.
Vince Lopez October 10, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Penny, if you have any questions my email is vlocal630@yahoo.com
penny scarborough October 10, 2012 at 07:09 AM
The Scarborough Family is having a "celebration of Jim's life and memorial service" on Sunday, Oct. 14th at 11 am which will be held at H & H Nursery, 6220 Lakewood Blvd, Lakewood. I would personally like to meet and thank everyone who was there as a witness and who helped him as well as all those who have been keeping my family in their thoughts and prayers. So, if you feel comfortable, please come !! This will be a simple and informal affair. Sincerely, Penny
Conny October 12, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Dear Penny& family, I was so sad to hear of your beloved's passing in a tragic motorcycle accident. My husband is also a daily motorcycle rider and each morning when he leaves for work I say a prayer for his safety because even though he has ridden for 30 years, each day comes with risk because of the erratic driving of distracted drivers he shares the road with. No matter how careful he is, he cannot know what the next person will do. All bikers know that there is a strong brotherhood among riders and to hear of your loss saddens us all. May God keep you and your loved ones in the grip of His grace now and in the months ahead. Sincerely, Conny
Cristinaa October 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM
im so sorry for you're loss penny , yeah i was their at the ceremony this evening . my father used to work with him on saturday's and sundays ! he was truly a great person, he will be in our prayers.
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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