Three traffic collisions on Hill roads recently

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At 10:40 a.m. Saturday, July 16, Ryan Lasan Smith, 24, of Oceanside, was riding his black 2006 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on Highway 74, 3.7 miles west of McCall Park Road, when he lost control while rounding a curve. He laid the bike down and suffered moderate injuries — visible abrasions to elbow and pain in the shoulder. He was transported by ambulance to Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley.

At 2:25 p.m. Sunday, July 17, Jacob Sanchez, 22, of San Antonio, Texas, was riding his black 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Highway 243 just south of Marian View Drive when he crossed over the double-yellow line and sideswiped a black 1998 Saturn sedan. The sedan was being driven south on 243 by Savannah O’Bryan, 20, of Anza, at the time of the collision.

O’Bryan was not injured but Sanchez suffered a broken left ankle and required transportation to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

Also on Sunday, Patrick Hansel, 41, of Palm Desert, was driving his white 2014 Kia Sorento east on Highway 74 behind a silver 2015 Chevy Silverado truck driven by David Galvin, 61, of San Diego. Hansel attempted to pass Galvin’s truck near Pinyon Drive in Pinyon. For reasons unstated in the California Highway Patrol report, when Galvin crossed into the opposing lane he lost control, causing his vehicle to overturn.

Neither driver was hurt in the incident and no other vehicles were involved.

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  1. Protect motorcyclists, ban motorcycles from the hill

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