MOUNTAIN VIEW — A motorcyclist killed in a crash Wednesday on Highway 101 in Mountain View has been identified as Cory Elsner, 28, of Campbell, by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.
The collision was reported around 4 p.m. in southbound lanes near Rengstorff Avenue.
The California Highway Patrol has yet to determine the cause of the crash, but the agency did receive reports that Elsner was weaving through slowing traffic when his sport bike collided with a Volkswagen Golf, said Officer Art Montiel.
Elsner was pronounced dead at the scene.
At this point in the investigation, neither drugs nor alcohol is suspected as factors in the collision, Montiel said.
Elsner attended UC Riverside and worked as a VIP host for the SLS Las Vegas Hotel, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He moved to the Bay Area in 2015, according to his Facebook profile. He posted a picture of two motorcycles with the caption “night ride choices … in need of riding buddy” on Oct. 30. Friends on Thursday expressed their grief in comments on the picture.
“We hadn’t talked much but it always hurts to lose a friend early,” Lucas Andrews wrote. “Cherish the good times. RIP my brother.”
Regardless of what the investigation finds, Montiel said motorcyclists need to be cautious, especially when splitting lanes.
“They need to assume that motorists don’t see them,” he said.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call CHP Officer Andrew Campbell at 650-369-6261.
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