Escondido, CA

Raceway crash victim identified

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man killed on Friday at Pala Raceway as Terrence James Cook, 46, of Oceanside.

Cook died on April 1, about 1:37 p.m. at Pala Raceway.

Cook was the helmeted driver of a 2000 CR250R dirt bike driving clockwise in the eastbound direction on the track at Pala Raceway. The driver of a second dirt bike was riding on the same track clockwise in the westbound direction. The driver of the second dirt bike lost control of his dirt bike coming off a jump, and crossed over a berm with the front tire in the air and rear tire on the ground.

He continued across the track in that position and collided with the decedent. Both drivers came to rest on the track near their dirt bikes. 9-1-1 was called and responding paramedics found the decedent pulseless and apneic.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated to no avail and death was pronounced at the scene.

California Highway Patrol performed an investigation. Next of kin were notified. 

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