The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has released the name of the 29 year old Nipomo man killed during Wednesday morning’s accident in Carpinteria in the northbound lanes of Highway 101.
The crash happened about 7:40 a.m. during the morning rush hour, near the Santa Monica exit.
The CHP report reveals how David Jacob Franks was riding a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle between the number 1 and 2 lanes of traffic when, for some reason, he ran into the side of a Chevy Blazer in the number 2 lane.
Franks then veered into the number 1 fast lane, slammed into the back of a 2015 Honda Civic, and was thrown from his bike onto the right shoulder, where he was declared dead by medical experts on scene.
The other two drivers involved were from Ventura County — neither was injured.
The accident caused a heavy back-up as crews worked to clear the scene.
As of 9:55 a.m., all northbound Highway 101 traffic lanes at Santa Monica Road were back open.
Investigators are trying to determine if drugs or alcohol played a role in Wednesday morning’s fatal crash.