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Off-road motorcyclist hits vehicle, dies

On December 23, 2021, at 12:34 p.m., the Escondido Police Department received a report of a crash involving a motorcycle at the intersection of Bear Valley Parkway and Hayden Dr. The caller also advised that it appeared CPR was being performed on the motorcycle rider.

According to witness statements and evidence at the scene, a white 2018 Lexus NX300 had been struck by a blue and white 2006 Yamaha YZF450 off-road motorcycle. It should be noted this motorcycle is designed for off-road use only and is not street legal. The motorcyclist had been riding at a high rate of speed, north on the east sidewalk of Bear Valley Parkway. As the rider approached Hayden Drive, he drove onto the street and failed to stop for the red traffic signal. The Lexus, which had a green traffic signal, began to make a left turn onto southbound Bear Valley Parkway and was struck by the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was transported to Palomar Medical Center where he later died. The driver of the Lexus was not injured in the crash.

The driver of the Lexus has been identified as a 30-year-old female Escondido resident. The motorcyclist has not yet been identified.

This crash is under investigation by Officer Pete McCollough of the Escondido Police Department Traffic Division. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Officer McCollough 760-839-4930.

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