TWENTYNINE PALMS — Family and friends are mourning John “Corey” Rector, 32, who died in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night on Adobe Road.

“Corey was a great guy. He always put others before himself just to make them happy,” said Daniel Barbour, brother to Rector’s fiancée.

“He would go out of his way to help people. He always had a smile on his face,” Barbour said.

The crash that took Rector’s life happened around 9:06 p.m. Wednesday on Adobe Road at Sunnyslope Drive.

Investigators with the sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team said Rector was riding his 2005 Suzuki GSXR motorcycle south on Adobe Road at a high speed. He crested the hill and hit the rear passenger side of a 2007 PT Cruiser turning left from northbound Adobe Road onto Sunnyslope Drive.

Rector was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered multiple major traumatic injuries.

Paramedics took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Cruiser, Marina Tupua, 65, of Compton, was not injured, according to the sheriff’s station report.

Anyone with information for investigators is asked to call the sheriff’s station at (760) 366-4175.

Barbour was planning a candlelight vigil Friday night at the scene of the crash where people who knew Rector could share their memories.

“He was all-around a great person with good intentions,” Barbour said. “He put others before himself at most times. He was full of love and care. He was a great man. It’s sad.”

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