Man, 22, arrested in La Honda Road fatality; motorcyclist identified


A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a collision that killed a motorcyclist on state Highway 84 near La Honda on Saturday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said Sunday.

Officers responded to a report of a collision on Highway 84 near Sylvan Way outside of La Honda shortly before 3 p.m., CHP officials said.

Marco Antonio Franco Cuevas, of Redwood City, was driving a 2003 white Chevrolet Impala east on Highway 84 when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed over double yellow lines and collided head-on with a 2002 Honda motorcycle traveling west, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

The collision occurred on a curve of the roadway and both vehicles ended up on the shoulder, Montiel said.

The motorcyclist was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency crews, CHP officials said.

He was identified Sunday as 40-year-old Matthew Langley of San Mateo, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

Cuevas, his uncle and a 17-year-old boy in the car were not injured, Montiel said.

The teenage boy was taken to Stanford Medical Center as a precaution, according to CHP officials.

Officers determined Cuevas was under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs, Montiel said.

Cuevas was medically cleared at a hospital before he was booked into county jail on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter, according to Montiel.

One-way traffic controls were in place at the scene of the collision until shortly after 7 p.m., Montiel said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call CHP Officer J. Thinnes at (650) 369-6261.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Michelle Ladcani
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm

It's sickening that you can be driving around town in the middle of the day on a beautiful afternoon and be subjected to the life-ending decisions of another person. This should be a wake-up call for all of those who think drinking then driving or texting while driving isn't a huge issue today. My prayers and sympathy for the Langley Family.

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Posted by
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm

We passed by this yesterday. The bike was ripped apart and under the Impala. We drove by not too long after it happened. It's sad, especially since I am also a motorcyclist. And nothing changes. It only takes a split second to cause or be in an accident. A 22-year old ends the life of a 40-year old. Sad, very sad. My thoughts to the man's family.

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 15, 2015 at 6:19 pm

We were out at the beach Saturday while driving home we came upon this minutes after it had happened. Our day suddenly turned somber after hearing a cyclist lost his life. So very sad to know his family will never be the same. So senseless and irresponsible for that driver whose life will never be the same as well. We are very sorry for the family who are having to face the fact that their loved one will never come home.

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Posted by Tomrey
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2015 at 7:43 pm

My wife and I rode our motorcycle by this minutes after it happened. Article helps clarify oddity of vehicle locations. Tragedy for all involved. Families with broken hearts on all sides. God help all parties through this.

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