California Highway Patrol Spokesman Darren Meyer says the man– whose identity has not been publicly released– was stopped on Domenigoni Parkway at the intersection of State Route 79, waiting to continue driving east, from the Menifee area towards Hemet.
According to Meyer, the crash happened around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday when a gold Nissan Altima driven by Shalandra Broadnax struck the motorcyclist.
"A car came up from behind him... [she] failed to see the red light in a reasonable amount of time, and at the last minute saw the red light in front of her… slammed on the breaks and left a bunch of skid marks," Meyer told Patch by telephone Wednesday.
Meyer said at that point, the motorcyclist was struck.
“The motorcyclist was thrown onto the hood of the car... and the motorcyclist sustained major head injuries," he said.The man was then taken to a Menifee hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Meyer said.
It's not believed that the woman was speeding when she hit the motorcyclist, Meyer added. Alcohol or drugs were not contributing factors, either.
At this time, no arrests or citations have been made, but CHP still has to do their investigation, he said.
“We will do a full investigation," Meyer told Patch. "We impounded her vehicle for evidence. We will do a full mechanical inspection, and we once we do that, we'll send it to the district attorney's office for review and possible prosecution."
It's CHP's standard operating procedure to do such investigations whenever a death is involved.
Meyer said that CHP also has the woman's cell phone for evidence to determine if she may have been texting or talking when the crash happened.
Meyer said the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.