A motorcyclist donning a “novelty” helmet was killed Wednesday in a Temecula Wine Country crash.
San Diego resident Michael Witham, 65, was riding a 2000 Harley Davidson northbound on De Portola Road -- just south of Danza Del Sol Winery -- shortly after 3:30 p.m. when he veered off the road, according to a report from California Highway Patrol spokesman Nathan Baer and the Riverside County Coroner's Office.
Witham was ejected from the motorcycle and landed on a dirt shoulder; he was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar but died less than 90 minutes after the crash, Baer reported.
Witham was wearing a non-approved novelty helmet, according to Baer.
“It is unknown at this time if a proper helmet would have saved his life,” Baer said, adding that it's unclear if drugs or alcohol were involved.
There were no other vehicles involved in the crash and no other injuries were reported.