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Orange, California — February 9, 2011

Police say a motorcyclist crashed along California State Route 55 north of Orange on Wednesday evening, injuring himself and his passenger.

The California Highway Patrol reports that 42-year-old Pico Rivera resident John Ryan was riding south on the California State Route 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway), shortly after 9 p.m., when he lost control after pulling onto an exit ramp at Lincoln Avenue near Eisenhower Park, located at 2864 North Tustin Avenue. It remains unclear whether any other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Investigators say 42-year-old passenger and Lakewood resident Theresa Heath sustained moderate injuries, while Mr. Ryan was critically injured. It is unclear whether either the driver or passenger was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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