Huntington Beach: Motorcycle Rider Seriously Injured, Passenger Killed In Crash

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09.11.2021 | 8:17 PM | HUNTINGTON BEACH – A motorcycle rider was seriously injured and his passenger killed after colliding with a vehicle, Saturday night.

The crash occurred around 8:17 PM on Pacific Coast Highway just south of Warner Avenue.

Units arriving on scene located a 2019 Harley Davidson Street Bob that had collided with a 2015 Mazda CX-5.

The motorcycle driver, later identified as 21-year-old John Murray III, of Huntington Beach, was found in the roadway and rushed to an area hospital with serious injuries.

His passenger, later identified as 22-year-old Meghan Wautlet, of Huntington Beach, was pronounced deceased on scene.

Initial reports indicate that the Harley was traveling southbound on Pacific Coast Highway at a high rate of speed when it collided with the Mazda as it was making a legal U-turn from the northbound side.

The driver of the Mazda was uninjured and remained on scene to cooperate with law enforcement.

Drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Anyone who saw the crash or witnessed the events leading up to it are urged to contact Huntington Beach Police Department Traffic Investigator D. Demetre at (714) 536-5670, or Investigator V. Rattanchandani at (714) 536-5663.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or by visiting the Orange County Crime Stoppers website at

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