A Marina del Rey man and a Torrance woman were killed when the motorcycle they were riding on collided with a big rig on the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) Sunday, Oct. 23.
The motorcycle was seen traveling northbound in between lanes on the 5 Freeway when it collided with the big rig at about 11:10 a.m. near the interchange of the 170 Freeway in Pacoima, said California Highway Patrol officer Saul Gomez.
The two motorcycle passengers were ejected and run over by the truck’s trailer, authorities said. Romarino Zeri, 51, and Julie Cameron, 38, were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, authorities said.
No other injuries were reported. The cause of the crash was under investigation.
The accident occurred as the victims and other motorcyclists were taking part in a charity event on the freeway known as the “Love Ride,” which raises funds for the fight against autism.
“We, along with our family of riders, mourn the loss of our friends, Romarino Zeri and his passenger, Julie Cameron,” said Oliver Shokouh, Love Ride chairman and founder.
“Our heartfelt condolences and sympathies go to their families and friends.”
A spokesperson at the county Department of Beaches and Harbors said that Zeri was the owner of Intrepid Marine, a boat service company, and Zeri Industries in Marina del Rey.