Death: Lance corporal was killed in a motorcycle accident during a police chase – A U.S. Marine on a motorbike was killed in a crash early Thursday morning, March 24, at the end of a high-speed chase with sheriff’s deputies. Stephen Bradley Rainoff, 25, of Twentynine Palms, was identified by the county coroner. He was a Marine Corps lance corporal, according to friends who left across near the location of his death.
according to hidesertstar.com, Deputies noticed a rider on a blue Yamaha R6 driving east on Twentynine Palms Highway west of Lear Avenue around 1:35 a.m., according to the CHP, which is investigating the crash. According to the CHP, the motorcyclist was traveling at speeds of over 100 mph.
According to the CHP, deputies were after the Yamaha and watched the rider turn left onto northbound Lear Avenue through a red traffic signal and accelerate to speeds of over 100 mph.
As he drove north, deputies lost sight of the rider. They scoured the area and discovered the motorcycle flipped on Mesa Drive east of Lear Avenue after seeing a massive dust cloud. Rain off was discovered in the open desert south of Mesa Drive.