Two motorcyclists die in separate crashes

Two male motorcyclists were killed after colliding with trucks in separate state highway accidents in unincorporated parts of San Mateo County this weekend, authorities said.

A motorcyclist collided with a pickup truck on state Highway 35 near the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, the California Highway Patrol said.

The motorcyclist, Troy Taylor, 22, of San Francisco, was killed, officials said. The accident occurred in unincorporated San Mateo County south of Portola Valley, officials reported.

Less than 24 hours later, another motorcyclist died roughly 12 miles to the west of where Taylor was killed, officials said.

The motorcyclist died after a collision with a tow truck on northbound state Highway 1 just north of Tunitas Creek Road and south of Half Moon Bay, said CHP Officer Aaron Quistad. Three other people were injured in the 1:37 p.m. incident and taken to Stanford Hospital, he said.

Two other cars were involved in the accident, according to the CHP.

The motorcyclist who died at the scene was identified by the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office as Ilya Melikoupreys, 26, of San Jose.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office first arrived on the scene of the crash, which is currently being investigated by the CHP.

Highway 1 closed around 2:30 p.m. and the CHP later opened the road to one-way traffic from 3 to 5:40 p.m., according to the CHP. Traffic was backed up for about a half mile during the worst part of the road closure, Quistad said.

Three or four tow trucks were also called to thescene, he said.

The CHP Sunday had no further information on details surrounding the Highway 1 collision, the cars involved, the three injured persons or their medical status. Further information on the Highway 35 crash was also unavailable Sunday.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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