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Collision Kills O.C. Motorcycle Rider

September 08, 2006|From a Times Staff Writer

A Cypress man was killed Thursday after losing control of his motorcycle, slamming into a stopped truck in front of him and colliding with an oncoming SUV.

Stephen Varalyai, 41, was pronounced dead at UCI Medical Center in Orange following the 5:30 p.m. accident in the northbound lanes of Springdale Street in Garden Grove.

According to police, the motorcyclist tried to stop his Harley-Davidson to avoid traffic ahead but instead struck the left rear bumper of a Ford pickup and veered into an opposing lane.

Neither alcohol nor excessive speed appeared to be a factor, said investigator Chris Wasinger of the Garden Grove Police Department.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, he said. Witnesses are asked to call (714) 741-5823.

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