This article was originally posted at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 and updated at 4:32 p.m. Sept. 10.
A 19-year-old Temecula man who died Tuesday morning when his motorcycle struck a utility pole on Margarita Road has been identified.
Rolando Paiz was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash that was reported shortly before 9 a.m. on Margarita Road between Jedediah Smith and Pio Pico roads, the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office has confirmed.
"It appeared as though the male had drifted off the roadway and struck a telephone pole on the west side of Margarita Road," said Temecula police Sgt. Dean Spivacke.
Paiz was declared deceased at the scene at 9:23 a.m., according to the coroner's office.
The Temecula Police Department closed Margarita from Santiago Road to Pio Pico for about four and a half hours to investigate and reconstruct the accident scene, as is customary in fatal traffic accidents.
Jedediah Smith was also closed for about a block west of Margarita, to
keep traffic a safe distance from the scene, according to Spivacke.
Preliminary investigation indicated there were no other vehicles involved in the crash, the sergeant said.
It appeared the rider of the street bike was helmeted as he was traveling south on Margarita , the sergeant noted.
While the accident remained under investigation, Spivacke said there were no immediate indicators that alcohol or drugs played a factor.
Anyone with information was encouraged to call Officer Hoctor at the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.