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Motorcyclist killed in crash at Highway 18 and Quinnault Road in Apple Valley

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on Saturday evening in the town of Apple Valley. 

It happened at about 6:12 PM on April 20, 2024, on Highway 18 and Quinnault Road. 

Emergency personnel arrived at the incident and found a white 2016 Toyota minivan and a red 2006 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle blocking the intersection. 

Good Samaritans were at the scene performing CPR on the male motorcyclists.

All of the airbags on the minivan were deployed, and according to witnesses, several children were riding in the vehicle. Sheriff’s officials confirmed there were six total occupants inside the van.

Firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District requested a medical helicopter to airlift one of the juveniles to an out-of-area trauma center.

Authorities have put a hard road closure on Highway 18 in both directions while the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) processes the scene.

Through investigation, deputies determined the Kawasaki was traveling in the eastbound #1 lane of Highway 18 and the Toyota Sienna was traveling northbound on Quinnault Road making a left turn onto State Highway 18. Sheriff’s officials said the motorcyclist broadsided the van in the intersection.

He was identified as Matthew Hicks, 39, a resident of Apple Valley.

Anyone with any information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Deputy G. Dominguez or Deputy T. Arlotti at the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station at (760) 240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at

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