Motorcyclist killed near Lake Casitas
By Lenny Roberts
An Oak View man was killed Monday
afternoon when he lost control of his silver 2001 Harley Davidson
motorcycle near the entrance to Lake Casitas, according to a
California Highway Patrol report. Weather was not listed as a
factor as the road was dry at the time.
At 4:16 p.m., Robert M. Dailey, 37, was headed southbound on
Santa Ana Road at an unknown rate of speed, and failed to negotiate
a curve in the roadway. As the motorcycle continued southbound
in the northbound lane, the report indicates that Dailey locked
up the brakes and laid the bike down on its right side.
"As the motorcycle traveled into a dirt ditch, Dailey was
ejected in an easterly direction where his head collided with
a utility pole," said CHP Officer A. Woods.
Dailey was pronounced dead at the scene by Ojai Life Line Medical
Transport paramedics at 4:30 p.m., and the cause of death was
listed as blunt force trauma to the head.
As officers waited for Ventura County Medical examiner Mitch
Breese to arrive, a small stretch of the road was closed for
more than an hour.
Upon inspecting Dailey's motorcycle helmet, investigators reported
seeing a warning sticker located inside the helmet, which related
that the helmet was a novelty helmet only and not intended for
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