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Teen Motorcyclist Killed In Martinez Hwy 4 Crash
A motorcyclist who was killed in a crash on state Highway 4 near Concord Monday night has been identified as 18-year-old Martinez resident Joseph Scalise, a Contra Costa County deputy coroner said Tuesday.
The crash happened at about 11:15 p.m. on westbound Highway 4 just east of the junction with Interstate Highway 680 between Martinez and Concord, CHP Officer Mike Wright said.
Witnesses told investigators that Scalise had been traveling in the left lane at an extremely high rate of speed when he entered a gradual curve in the road and lost control of his motorcycle, a 1981 Yamaha, Wright said.
The motorcycle veered across all lanes of traffic and onto the dirt median, where Scalise was ejected from the bike.
The motorcycle, meanwhile, continued sliding several hundred feet down the roadway and then burst into flames, Wright said.
Scalise was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash was initially reported as a multi-vehicle crash, but Wright said Tuesday it appears that several witnesses stopped when they saw what happened but were not actually involved in the crash.
Joseph Scalise O'Brien Nov. 2, 1990~June 22, 2009 Resident of Martinez Joey was an avid mechanic, and ever since he was a young man he was always interested in working on cars and being around the races. He loved to hang around with friends and family. His wonderful personality and great smile will be missed by many, including his dog Kali. Joey is survived by his mother, Tami (Andy) Halton, father, Mike O'Brien, sisters Shelly Raffanti, Janette Halton and brother Daniel Halton, grandmothers, Shirley Scalise and Marie O'Brien and countless relatives and friends. Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation from 1-3PM, and Funeral at 3PM, on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Connolly & Taylor Funeral Directors, 4000 Alhambra Avenue, in Martinez.
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