UPDATE: Search on for hit-and-run driver involved in death of motorcyclist on Interstate 15 in Fallbrook

Authorities are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a motorcyclist today on Interstate 15 in Fallbrook. According to the California Highway Patrol:

“At approximately 5:40 p.m. today (Tues. July 22), a 28-year-old male from San Diego was riding his 2011 Yamaha R-1 motorcycle northbound on Interstate 15, north of State Route 76. The motorcyclist was splitting traffic between the #1 and #2 lanes at approximately 30-35 mph.”

“An unidentified, cream-colored sedan was changing from the #1 lane into the #2 lane when it struck the motorcyclist. This caused the motorcyclist to be ejected onto the roadway. where he was struck by a box truck. The motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries as a result of this collision.”

“The cream-colored sedan involved in this collision fled the scene. It should have collision damage on the passenger’s side door or near the front of the vehicle and possibly blue paint transfer.”

The driver was described as a white male, possibly in his 30’s, and the passenger was described as a male with blond hair and a red goatee.”

Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about the driver of the cream-colored sedan is asked to call the California Highway Patrol – Oceanside Office during business hours at (760) 757-1675 or the CHP Communications Center at (858) 637-3800.

This collision remains under investigation.

(previous story, Tues., July 22, 6 p.m.)

Traffic collision causes temporary closure of Interstate 15 northbound in Fallbrook

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

According to the California Highway Patrol, a traffic collision has caused a Sig Alert to be issued and northbound Interstate 15 in Fallbrook to be closed until approx. 8 p.m. tonight (Tues., July 22) for the investigation and clean-up. The area of the closure is between State Route 76 and South Mission Road.

It appears that a motorcyclist collided with a commercial moving truck. Exact details of the incident are not known yet and CHP units and medical responders are on the scene.

Fragmentary information indicates the motorcycle rider was thrown from the bike and is in the roadway. It is not known at this time whether this collision involved a fatality or not.

39 Responses to "UPDATE: Search on for hit-and-run driver involved in death of motorcyclist on Interstate 15 in Fallbrook"

  1. Reality Checker   July 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Any info on what time the incident happened?

  2. tdave   July 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    CHP log says the coroner was called … apparently, the rider hit the back of truck, ended up in the roadway and was hit by another vehicle. Hasn’t been a good couple of days for motorcyclers.

  3. Rrob   July 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Was stuck in this traffic for an hour . Thought it was a typical collision until we approach the accident and seen the body bag . My prayers go out to the family of the rider.

  4. true   July 23, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Motorcyclers do whatever they wanna do on freways they don’t take precaution at all changing lanes and they just appear from nothing in your side.

    I think this needs to be strong regulated by authorities

  5. Preston   July 23, 2014 at 6:49 am

    1. Outlaw lane splitting and mandate that if there is an accident and the Motorcyclist is splitting lands it is always the Motorcyclist fault, Always.
    2. Take the pocket rockets away from the dare devil thrill seekers (permanently).
    That will probably cut the Motorcycle Accidents in half.
    3. Require the remaining half to attend a course on how to survive on a Motorcycle before giving them a Motorcycle License.

  6. Mimi   July 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

    This is a tragedy. But I am always paranoid that I will change lanes when a motorcycle is zooming between cars and will not see it. Highways are places where motorcycles have plenty of lanes available so that they shouldn’t have to squeeze between cars. And motorcyclists seem less cautious than in the past, and there are more of them on the roads. I am sorry that this happened. I pray the car driver will come forward soon.

  7. Austin   July 23, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I was struck on the 15 southbound June 20th and ejected on the freeway by a driver from Fallbrook. Wake up people. This is sicking!

  8. MiamiVice   July 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hey Preston way to blame the victim.
    If anyone is worried about hitting lane splitting motorcyclists here are some tips:
    1. Use your blinkers.
    2. Check your mirrors / blind spot before changing lanes.
    That’s all it takes.

  9. The Dude   July 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Lane splitting is legal. Guessing that at 5:40 on a Tuesday evening, coming down the hill into Fallbrook the traffic is less than free-flowing. The article states CHP reported the rider traveling 30-35 mph. These are circumstances in which lane splitting is legal. Just because one disagrees with lane splitting being legal does not entitle them to ignore the laws, and motorcyclists. Or to kill a man and drive off. Tragic.

  10. Me   July 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

    California needs to change the law regarding lane-splitting by motorcycles.

  11. fallbrookmama   July 23, 2014 at 11:29 am

    TRAGIC! I hope they catch the irresponsible driver that fled. Evil…..

  12. D   July 23, 2014 at 11:32 am

    =An unidentified, cream-colored sedan was changing from the #1 lane into the #2 lane when it struck the motorcyclist.=

    How exactly did the car strike the motorcyclist? How about =A motorcyclist stuck an unidentified, cream-colored sedan when it was changing from the #1 lane into the #2 lane.=

  13. Jessica   July 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Hey "D" do u know what happened? What color car do u drive? A cream colored sedan by chance?

  14. Crazy   July 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Motorcycles splitting traffic is just accidents waiting to happen.

  15. Har   July 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    One big problem with lane splitting motorcyclists is that most are riding dark colored motorcycles, dressed in dark clothing so they blend in nicely with dark colored vehicles and you never see them. And then after dark they don’t stand a chance of being seen.

  16. D   July 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    No Jessica I don’t but how in what world could a car changing lanes strike a motorcyclist that is flying by it at 35 mph? They just so happened to go at the instant the front of their car would have hit the bikes wheel? Even if that were the case they would likely have room to swerve. What is faaaaaaaaaaaar more likely is that the car began changing lanes and the motorcyclist couldn’t slow down and struck the car. I have seen that exact same thing happen several times. Most of the times the bikes are able to stop but not always and virtually every time they’re a total jerk to the driver of the car. The way so many motorcyclists ride it’s no wonder there is so much animosity against them.

    Perhaps if they were splitting the lane and going 5-10mph they could have stopped but they weren’t so they paid the “ultimate price”.

  17. Most Forgot Rule   July 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDERS, PEOPLE!!!!!! it is very simple: signal, check your mirror, look over your shoulder, and if clear…GO!

  18. FORGOTTEN*   July 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    most forgotten* rule

  19. jenn   July 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Or how about people in vehicles check their mirrors for motorcyclists like they are supposed to…

  20. IMHO   July 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    No one deserves to die, but lane splitting needs to be outlawed!! Motorcyclists have no fear and they should be afraid-very afraid! They think that they can drive however they want with no regards for theirs or anyone else’s safety! Accidents happen, but you don’t need to instigate them! Lane-splitting just means more accidents waiting to happen. If you value your life, don’t do it. I always check, check, and check again before changing lanes because I have my baby in the car, but that doesn’t mean that I am going to see some moron coming out of nowhere in between cars. Two motorcyclists have been killed this week. What was the cause of both? Lane-splitting! Take notes crotch rocket riders! Slow down and pass ppl like everyone else has to, in a lane!

  21. MotorcycleBob   July 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    What a tragedy! RIP the rider and prayers for his family!

    There have been a number of riders killed over the years on I15, between Temecula and San Diego, due to lane splitting. And just like gun control, every time a rider is killed there are those that start screaming

  22. DefenderofRight   July 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Any person killed in an accident is tragic regardless of what vehicle they are riding or driving. Lane Splitting is the direct result of impatient motorcycle police officers and other riders who feel the need to travel 20 mph or so above the speed limit. Lane splitting is a way that enabled police officers to respond more quickly to a call by allowing them to maneuver through traffic. This I agree is a positive use of the practice. I don’t think we should ban it because no amount of legislation will stop it. If a biker wishes to lane split, let them do so at their own peril! Motorists also need to wake up, pay attention and be more alert for motorcyclists. They have a right to share the road.

  23. SAR   July 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Okay, I’m with you MC-Bob, staying in a lane coming up to a red light is more dangerous than lane splitting. You’re absolutely right that people are more likely to rear end a motorcycle than another car, and that happens all too often.
    What I’m against is the bikes that lane split doing well over the speed of traffic. While traffic is moving at normal speeds, lane splitting is unnecessary…and dangerous.
    On the other side of the coin, one of my pet peeves is people that don’t use their turn signals. I believe the main reason we have turn signals is to let the other person know what we intend to do. Then, look over your shoulder and make sure it is clear.

  24. Jim   July 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t ride, so I am not biased. But what I am is educated in the vehicle code book. Lane splitting is 100% legal and 100% warranted in this case. Think of that dotted line between the #1 and #2 lane as a motorcycle lane. Failing to see a motorcycle in this area and you cross that line, you are guilty of an unsafe lane change. If he is committed to splitting lanes the he has more right to that space than you do. Check your mirrors and blinds pots and stop blaming the victim. He was just trying to get home to his loved ones, same as you.

  25. D   July 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    "When you are in your air conditioned cage, feeling superior, try using your signal and look before you change lanes. "

    Wow, talk about feeling superior. Perhaps bikers who lane split should use their signals as well or is that just a do as I say not as I do suggestion? If they honestly used their signals every time they split a lane and went from lane to lane I’m willing to bet they wouldn’t be able to drive so fast down stopped traffic. The easiest way to effectively ban lane splitting without an actual ban on it is to ticket the bikers who change lanes often w/o any signal for failing to signal.

    Lastly, just because one person hasn’t had any accidents lane splitting doesn’t mean that it’s safe. Two deaths around here in a week by bikers lane splitting is clear evidence of that! All it does show is simply that they haven’t had an accident. Nobody is saying that if it looks like you’re going to get rear ended to try and do whatever you can to get out of the way. Avoiding getting hit from behind and driving 30+ mph between a row of stopped cars repeatedly are completely different things. I guess we should allow all illicit drugs or any and all other unsafe activities simply because in 40 years one person happened to not have been injured. Wow, talk about an unrealistic view of reality.

    Not sure why but this reminds me of that woman who protested a base jumping ban in Yosemite claiming it was safe. Well, she died in protest of that ban doing exactly that… You after all never have an accident until you do.

  26. Pink   July 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I can certainly understand why lane splitting is allowed, after all if it weren’t motorcycles would be backed up for miles in all lanes, causing even more traffic problems. I always envy them when I am stuck in traffic on the freeway, going 5 miles an hour, while they are able to slide right through between cars and continue on their way. That being said, the ones who drive 80 and 90 and whip in and out of lanes between cars are dangerous, not only to themselves but to the cars they are passing. I always try to be vigilant and keep a weather eye peeled for one of them to pop up behind or beside me, I always use my blinker when changing lanes, but have had a couple of close calls from bikes coming seemingly from out of nowhere. I have a lot of respect for the bikers, but many of them are accidents waiting to happen. Hopefully this will be a wake up call, especially for the young ones, who seem to have no fear of the consequences. My heart goes out to the families.

  27. James   July 24, 2014 at 1:33 am

    You never know ,could be at the next turn – -Motor Cycle Riders -Must drive ten times more defensively than any one on the road . I was struck down at a Four way stop,I made the assumption the blue hair would obey the law..She not only didn’t,but after while my wheels were still spinning in the middle of traffic,She pulled over and called me a dumb son of a bitch,asking why I was laying in a pool of my own blood there in the intersection…Never before Have I been struck down by an automobile..It’s shocking how fast it happens.

  28. To Pink   July 24, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Unfortunately, there will always be unsafe people whether in cars on on motorcycles. We can all complain allwe want but the fact is, there will always be unsafe drivers.
    I applaud the bikers that do ride sensibly…thank you for paying attention.

  29. MotorcycleBob   July 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

    D, yeah ,that

  30. flbkboy   July 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

    miamivice I am not worried about hitting lane splitters. Would sleep well, they need to watch for grumpy old men who don’t look over there shoulders. Or put on a signal to lane change and don’t care about speeding motorcycles and their wish to drive faster than everyone else. And I do not understand why lane splitting is allowed motorcycles can wait their turn. I don’t wont one riding by me with ear splitting exhaust noisy rigs bumping my mirrors. What fools they are, and Pink you got to be kidding what in the world is their to have respect for? are you just that queer for a uniform of any kind. Jim says if he is lane spitting he has more right to space than I do…Jim you have sawdust in between your ears.

  31. D   July 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Hey Bob, I didn’t advocate adding more laws did I? No, I suggested that the existing ones be enforced. If you can lane split at 5 mph and use your signals congrats, go ahead and lane split. You’re not gonna die lane splitting at 5mph but you easily could at 30+mph and it’s pretty safe to assume that you can’t use your signals at 30mph changing lanes every 30 feet.

    I also didn’t suggest that bikers were the only problem either now did I? No. Both bikers and cars are at fault but frankly I see a lot more bikers riding riskily than I do cars and they’re a much smaller percentage of vehicles on the road so it’s no surprise that you hear stories like this so often.

    Perhaps you should read and comprehend others posts before you reply to them.

    The simple fact is that drivers of cars relax when they’re at a red light and given their surroundings a big truck behind them for example they can’t see behind them all that far so when they go to change lanes they’re assuming that some biker isn’t going to ride up on them at 35mph. Perhaps all bikers should recognize this fact and ride responsibly. You seem to be able to so it obviously is possible.

  32. Queen   July 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    @ #29, I kid you not, saw a motorcyclist texting just the other day (and NO he was not stationary)!

  33. Pink   July 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Sounds like we would ALL be better off if flbkoy stayed home and off the roadways, his attitude makes him the biggest menace out there. What a duffus.

  34. Me   July 24, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    @Defender of Right

    California is probably the only state that allows lane splitting.

    It has always been illegal in nearly every other state including the state I was an officer in……in 10 years I’ve probably wrote maybe a dozen tickets for it.

    It just didn’t occur there….bikers were smarter there I guess.

  35. MotorcycleBob   July 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Hey D, you just don’t get out enough! In my 124 mile a day commute, I come across a lot more cages doing dumb stuff than motorcycles. Not that there aren’t some bikers that should have left the bikes at home…
    You all need to go read an article at Autoevolution. Search for most-common-motorcycle-myths-debunked and look for part 5. It just might enlighten you a little… and I stress little.

  36. DJ   July 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm


    I get out plenty. You need to stop assuming things as it doesn’t really bolster your position.

  37. Joemamma   July 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I have no problem with lane splitting within reason. If traffic is congested and going slow, like between 0-45 on the freeways, go ahead and lane split. But splitting lanes at 70-90 is dangerous. As for us "cagers" as Bob calls us (I kinda like that actually) it’s not that hard to check in between lanes for motorcycles. I usually check my rear view mirrors every few seconds when driving in order to maintain accurate situational awareness.I also try to scoot over a bit if I can to give bikers a little more room just in case someone else cuts over. If you’ve been driving in CA for more than a few months you should be very aware that anytime you go to change lanes there could be a motorcycle there. Especially if traffic is going slow.

    I would be horrified if I killed some biker because I was jockeying around for position in order to shave a couple of seconds off my commute. I say keep lane splitting legal, but maybe put some restrictions on it like only under certain speeds. And if your sitting in the #1 or #2 lane keep an eye on that rear view.

  38. Mjm   July 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    R.I.P. Fellow Rider and prayers to the Family and Friends

  39. Preston   July 25, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Obviously we have a problem.
    Regardless of how you feel, the Motorcyclists in this area are out of control and thy abuse the lane splitting law. I believe the law should be changed for their safety. It is difficult to see them as they come up so fast and past you at blazing high speed.
    Just yesterday, one split the lane on the 76 heading west on a blind curve at high speed and illegally passed and even came into the on coming lane of traffic. Had I been closer to the center line he would have become part of my grill.
    If you think checking the mirror and signaling is going to prevent these accidents, good luck because accidents are going to happen and it will be the motorcyclist splitting lanes at high speed that will pay the price.


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