UPDATE: Motorcyclist Killed Was Wildomar Resident

Nicholas Soltz was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, reported about 2:45 p.m. on Grape Street, near Railroad Canyon Road.

Updated at 11 p.m.

The motorcycle rider who died when his bike slammed into the side of an SUV in Wildomar has been identified as a 47-year-old Wildomar resident.

Nicholas Soltz was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, reported about 2:45 p.m. on Grape Street, near Railroad Canyon Road.


Updated at 9 p.m. with motorcyclist the one that was killed.

A motorcyclist whose bike broadsided a smallish SUV in Lake Elsinore Thursday died at the scene of the crash, authorities said.

The crash in the 31000 block of Grape Street, about a quarter-mile south of Railroad Canyon Road, was reported about 2:45 p.m.

Investigators determined that the biker was traveling in a far left lane of northbound Grape Street, approaching the Walmart shopping center.

The SUV's driver turned left, directly in front of the motorcycle, which T-boned the vehicle, according to sheriff's Sgt. Marc Cloutier.

Deputies closed all northbound lanes of Grape Street in the area and the investigation was continuing, authorities said.

The SUV driver was taken to an area hospital.

Authorities have not released the name of the motorcycle rider, pending notification of kin.


One person died and another was badly injured Thursday in a crash between a motorcycle and a vehicle near a Walmart store in Lake Elsinore.

The crash in the 31000 block of Grape Street, near Railroad Canyon Road, was reported about 2:45 p.m.

Patch learned at the scene that northbound Grape Street was shut down at Oak Tree Drive.

One person was taken to a local hospital, according to Cal Fire.

Sharon Holmquist May 30, 2012 at 05:43 PM
bimbo(rsoltz) June 04, 2012 at 10:29 PM
my dad was a awsome rider he loved to ride even with his broken leg :'(
Joanie June 04, 2012 at 11:51 PM
This afternoon (2:15 - 2:30) there was a similar accident on Clinton Keith just west of Palomar. I don't know the details ... such as what caused the accident, but here's what I saw. There was a driverless truck parked in the entry/exit of that little strip mall. At first I thought that perhaps the truck had stalled (I was trying to make a left onto Palomar from the shops). Pulling around the truck I saw that it had rear bumper damage and farther down in the middle of the street a bike was down. The rider, who seemed to be a young man, was removing his helmet and being helped to the side of the street where he sat down. THANK GOD, I thought. He was probably injured but at least not critically. There were a number of people rushing to the accident, some with their cell phones out to summon aide or if they knew the rider, to call his family. Don't know. Again, there will be a lot of anguish over this, and I'm sure a lot of hurtful judgements will be hurled about. But please folks, say a prayer of thanks that this rider was able to get up and walk away. I know that I did. PSoltz, I am so very sorry that you and your family have had to face the loss of your loved one way too soon. My heart goes out to you. And I pray that today's accident victim only suffered very minor or NO injuries, but no matter who was at fault here, an accident is always traumatic for all involved.
Vizionary June 05, 2012 at 05:13 AM
SO sorry for your loss I'm the owner of Vizion Hair Salon in that end of the shopping center. Our hearts immediatly sank and one of our guest came in crying, she was behind the car who was in the accident she was so very upset. We all tried to fight back the tears knowing that was some ones husband/son/dad . I think of him and you often and keep you in my prayers. So sorry for your loss. May God hold him in the palm of his hand until you meet again! Michele
Tina Tyra June 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM
So very sorry for your loss and sending prayers your way. It's so sad that in an instant your family can be forever changed. We should all find ways to honor his memory.


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