Authorities Tuesday identified a 28-year-old Escondido man who was killed in a motorcycle crash on a rural road south of Pala Mesa.
Michael Smith was riding a 2001 Kawasaki Ninja eastbound on West Lilac Road around 6:05 p.m. Monday when he attempted to pass a vehicle near Birdsong Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.
He lost control of the motorcycle, which went up an embankment and overturned, throwing him onto the roadway, CHP Officer Mark Latulippe said.
A crew from Cal Fire San Diego’s Station 15 rushed over to help, Latulippe said, but Smith’s injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
CHP officers are investigating the crash, but intoxication is not believed to have been a factor, Latulippe said.
Updated at 1o:30 a.m. March 26, 2019
— City News Service
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