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Motorcyclist who died in 134 Freeway crash possibly hit by big rig

September 18, 2013
  • A Los Angeles County Coroner Investigator examines the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on the northbound 5 Freeway under the 134 Freeway overpass in the Glendale-Burbank area on Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. Traffic was backed up for miles on the 134 and 5 freeways.
A Los Angeles County Coroner Investigator examines the… (Raul Roa / Times…)

Authorities say they believe a motorcyclist who died in a crash on the 134 Freeway on Tuesday morning suffered fatal injuries when he was run over by a big rig.

Ozer Ozyildirim, 42, of Los Angeles died at the scene of the collision, said Los Angeles County Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

CHP Officer Tom Miller said Ozyildirim was riding a 2012 BMW motorcycle at around 65 mph on the westbound 134 approaching the 5 Freeway, when for an “unknown reason” he veered to the right and collided with a guard rail, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The collision caused the motorcycle to overturn, and Ozyildirim was ejected into the roadway, Miller said. Though authorities cautioned that the investigation was ongoing, they believe he was killed when he was run over by the rear wheels of a big rig.

They are asking anyone who saw the collision to contact them. Miller did not rule out seeking a suspect for hit-and-run.

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Officers first received calls about a downed motorcycle at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday. The crash forced closure of all but the far left lane and backed up westbound traffic past the 2 Freeway.

Officials issued a SigAlert around 7 a.m. and lanes were reopened about three hours later.

-- Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times

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