Santa Margarita man killed in motorcycle accident identified

jhickey@thetribunenews.comMarch 11, 2013 

UPDATE (3 p.m.): The coroner’s unit of the county Sheriff’s Office has identified the 47-year-old Santa Margarita man who died Sunday while riding his motorcycle on West Pozo Road as Charles Alan Raffield.

An autopsy is pending, according to a news release from the department. The sheriff’s office is conducting the death investigation; CHP is handling the accident investigation.

ORIGINAL: A Santa Margarita man is dead and a San Luis Obispo man is in critical condition after separate motorcycle accidents in the North County this weekend, according to news releases from the California Highway Patrol.

The 47-year-old Santa Margarita man died Sunday just after 3 p.m. while riding his 1997 Road King motorcycle southbound on West Pozo Road. He failed to negotiate a sweeping left-hand curve, drifted to the right and left the road. He lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Another accident occurred at approximately 2:55 p.m. Saturday on Santa Rosa Creek Road, 2 miles west of Cypress Mountain Road.

Klaus W. Strobel, 53, of San Luis Obispo received major injuries after being thrown from his 2012 Ducati onto large rocks in the Santa Rosa Creek bed.

He was wearing a helmet, and had been traveling 25 to 30 miles when he encountered loose gravel while negotiating a curve, according to the CHP. He began to fishtail, lost control of the motorcycle, and was ejected as his motorcycle slid down the shoulder into the creek.

He was airlifted by CHP helicopter to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Late Sunday evening, Klaus was listed in critical condition and was transferred to UCSF Medical Center.

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