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Motorcycle accident victim purchased vintage bike earlier this year, colleague said

VALLEY CENTER - The planning director for the city of Perris was killed in northern San Diego County when he lost control of his vintage motorcycle and hit a pickup truck head-on, a Medical Examiner's official said today.

Bradley Robert Eckhardt, 48, a Temecula resident, died about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the crash on Lilac Road south of West Lilac Road in Valley Center, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Eckhardt was riding his 1969 RD350 Yamaha motorcycle southbound when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of the bike and slid into the path of an oncoming Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. The truck driver was unable to stop before hitting Eckhardt, the Medical Examiner's Office said.

Paramedics were unable to resuscitate Eckhardt. The California Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

Eckhardt bought the motorcycle earlier this year and was excited to ride it, said Mark Yarbrough, a Perris city council member and a colleague of Eackhardt for more than eight years.

When Eckhardt first got his motorcycle, he brought a picture of it to city hall to show Yarbrough, who is also a motorcycle enthusiast, he recalled.

"We'd always talked about going for ride," he said. "I was really looking forward to riding with him."

The victim is survived by a wife and three children, his colleagues said.

When City Hall reopens from the holiday tomorrow, Richard Belmudez, the city manager, will have to choose who will take over the position of the late planning director. Two choices are available; to promote somebody working for the city now or to hire somebody new, city officials said.

Eckhardt was a vital member of the city's staff, said Joe Vargo, a spokesperson for the city. "This is a really devastating thing for the City of Perris."

In May, Eckhardt's team of developers won awards for its commercial facade improvements, its restoration of the Bank of Perris and train depot, and its plans to make the city sustainable, Vargo said.

(previous story, July 5, 2010, 10 a.m.)

Motorcyclist killed was planning director for City of Perris

VALLEY CENTER (CNS) - The planning director for the city of Perris was

killed in northern San Diego County when he lost control of his vintage

motorcycle and hit a pickup truck head-on, a coroner said today.

Bradley Robert Eckhardt, 48, a Temecula resident, died about 10:30 a.m.

Sunday in the crash on Lilac Road south of West Lilac Road in Valley Center,

the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Eckhardt was riding his 1969 RD350 Yamaha motorcycle southbound when,

for unknown reasons, he lost control of the bike and slid into the path of an

oncoming Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. The truck driver was unable to stop before

hitting Eckhardt, the Medical Examiner's Office said.

Paramedics were unable to resuscitate Eckhardt. The California Highway

Patrol investigated the crash.

Eckhardt bought the motorcycle earlier this year and was excited to ride

it, said Mark Yarbrough, a Perris city councilmember and a colleague of

Eackhardt for more than eight years.

When Eckhardt first got his motorcycle, he brought a picture of it to

city hall to show Yarbrough, who is also a motorcycle enthusiast, he recalled.

''We'd always talked about going for ride,'' he said. ''I was really looking

forward to riding with him.''

The victim is survived by a wife and three children, his colleagues said.

When City Hall reopens from the holiday tomorrow, Richard Belmudez, the

city manager, will have to choose who will take over the position of the late

planning director. Two choices are available; To promote somebody working for

the city now or to hire somebody new, city officials said.

Eckhardt was a vital member of the city's staff, said Joe Vargo, a

spokesperson for the city. ''This is a really devastating thing for the City of

Perris.''

In May, Eckhardt's team of developers won awards for its Commercial

Facade Improvements, its restoration of the Bank of Perris and Train Depot, and

its plans to make the city sustainable, Vargo said.

(previous story, July 5, 2010, 10 a.m.)

Motorcyclist killed on Lilac Road identified as planning director for City of Perris

VALLEY CENTER - The motorcyclist killed in a head-on collision Sunday, July 4 has been identified by authorities as the planning director for the city of Perris in Riverside County.

Bradley Robert Eckhardt, 48, a married male residing in Temecula, died about 10:30 a.m. at the crash on Lilac Road south of West Lilac Road in Valley Center, the county Medical Examiner's Office said.

An investigator confirmed that Eckhardt was the Perris planning director.

Eckhardt was riding his 1969 R350 Yamaha motorcycle southbound when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of the bike and slid into the path of an oncoming Dodge Ram 2500 pickup towing a loaded horse trailer. The truck driver was unable to stop and collided with Eckhardt, the Medical Examiner's Office said.

Paramedics were not able to resuscitate Eckhardt, despite aggressive efforts. The California Highway Patrol was in charge of investigating the crash and the Medical Examiner's office said Eckhardt's body will be examined today relating to the accident.

(previous story, July 4, 2010, 3 p.m.)

Motorcyclist killed on Lilac Road

VALLEY CENTER - A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a truck hauling a horse trailer on Lilac Road near Valley Center today, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash occurred at about 10:15 a.m. on Lilac Road at West Lilac Road.

The motorcyclist collided head-on with the truck, Cal Fire spokesman Mike Mohler said. Firefighters started CPR but were not able to revive the motorcyclist, whose name has not been released.

The roadways were closed in that area for well over an hour due to the investigation.

(previous story, July 4, 2010, noon)

Lilac Road closed for investigation of traffic accident

According to the California Highway Patrol, a sig alert has been issued closing Lilac Rd. at W. Lilac Rd. for investigation until further notice.

It appears there was an accident between a truck with horse trailer and possibly a motorcycle at about 10:16 am. There is a possible fatality being reported.

More information to follow as it becomes available.

 

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