Motorcyclist dies in crash on state Route 78 in San Marcos – California News

Motorcyclist dies in crash on state Route 78 in San Marcos – California News

A lane-splitting motorcyclist died Wednesday night after the impact of a crash threw him from one side of state Route 78 in San Marcos onto opposite lanes, where he was run over by a vehicle.

The rider was traveling between the No. 1 and No. 2 eastbound lanes of the freeway when he crashed into the back of a 2002 Ford Explorer, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

The SUV was in the No. 2 lane.

The collision occurred about 9:50 p.m. near Twin Oaks Valley Road. The speeds of the SUV and the Harley Davidson motorcycle were unknown.

After the initial crash, the motorcyclist veered left and hit the center divider. The impact threw him over the concrete barrier and onto the No. 1 lane on the westbound side of the freeway, Bettencourt said.

A motorist going west appears to have struck the motorcyclist once he was down, Bettencourt said.

The rider, a 31-year-old San Diego resident, died before he could be taken to a hospital. His name was not released.

The collisions were under investigation, and it was unknown whether alcohol or drugs were factors.

The aftermath of the crashes caused a separate, four-vehicle collision on the westbound side of the freeway.

The left lane on the eastbound side and two left lanes on the westbound side were shut down during the investigation.

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