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Motorcyclist Killed On Arnaz Grade

by Scott Wintermute

Tragedy struck, as it has so many times, on Arnaz Grade when a flat black BMW F-Series motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet Equinox minivan head-on Monday afternoon, killing an Ojai resident identified as Jerry Myers, 50. The driver and lone occupant of the minivan, Blanca Rosa Garcia Ortiz, 48, also of Ojai, escaped serious injury as an array of air bags deployed in the family vehicle.
The accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m., about a quarter-mile past where the grade begins to angle up toward Oak View before Creek Road. Traffic was interrupted until about 4:30 p.m.
One motorist, who was behind the minivan and declined to be identified, had this to say: “She (Ortiz) was completely legal. All of a sudden I just saw brake lights and an explosion, he (Myers) must have been trying to pass or something.”
Early speculation has revolved around a bee sting, 10 minutes before the accident. People close to Myers said that he was rushing to the hospital in fear of his life as his body succumbed to anaphylaxis. When asked about the presence of a bee sting on Myers, Ventura County Medical Examiner Investigator Michael Tellez stated, “We believe that it happened, his friend said he pulled out the stinger,” but “there was no evidence that the airway was compromised to indicate he was in anaphylactic shock.” The official cause of death listed in the incident is multiple blunt force injuries caused by an accident. Myers was wearing a helmet and other protective equipment.

Tragedy struck, as it has so many times, on Arnaz Grade when a flat black BMW F-Series motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet Equinox minivan head-on Monday afternoon, killing an Ojai resident identified as Jerry Myers, 50. The driver and lone occupant of the minivan, Blanca Rosa Garcia Ortiz, 48, also of Ojai, escaped serious injury as an array of air bags deployed in the family vehicle. The accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m., about a quarter-mile past where the grade begins to angle up toward Oak View before Creek Road. Traffic

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