A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A motorcyclist was traveling at high speed when he collided with a pick-up truck on the Escondido (15) Freeway and was thrown into traffic lanes, where he was struck by multiple vehicles, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday.

The CHP is seeing witnesses to the collision, which occurred about 9:55 p.m. Sunday near Via Rancho Parkway.

A 48-year-old man from Chula Vista was riding a Harley Davidson Softail on the Centre City Parkway on-ramp to the southbound I-15 at a high rate of speed, according to CHP Officer Mark Latulippe. As the motorcyclist transitioned from the ramp onto the freeway, he sideswiped a Toyota Tundra traveling in the far right lane, the officer said.

The initial contact between the Toyota and the Harley Davidson caused the motorcyclist to lose control, and the rider to be ejected, he said. Before emergency personnel arrived at the scene, multiple vehicles struck the motorcyclist, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was not immediately identified.

Updated at 4:01 p.m. Dec. 21, 2020

— City News Service

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