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Wrong-Way Driver Caused PCH Crash That Killed Motorcyclist: CHP

A crash that left a motorcyclist dead on Pacific Coast Highway in Midtown was caused by a wrong-way driver, the California Highway Patrol confirmed Friday. 

Jason Alexander Wentt, 44, was exiting northbound Interstate 5 to Pacific Coast Highway Tuesday morning when he was struck by a Toyota Camry heading the wrong direction, CHP officer Jake Sanchez said. 

The driver was lost at the time and made an illegal U-turn onto the on-ramp which would have led him onto I-5, Sanchez said. 

Wentt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sanchez said their investigators were still working to determine if any charges will be filed against the wrong-way driver. 

At the time of the crash, the CHP Sgt. Brent Lowry said it appeared to be "a tragic accident."

He added that the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of impact.

There were no injuries to the driver of the car.

The off-ramp was blocked while the collision was under investigation and traffic along Pacific Highway was closed between Sassafras Street and W Washington Street. 
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