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Death on I-15 found to be caused by heart attack, not collision

The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that the 46-year-old man who died on August 2 on the southbound I-15 had suffered heart failure and died naturally before his vehicle struck a motorcycle and veered off Interstate 15

near the Lawrence Welk Resort.

A representative from the Medical Examiner’s office stated that Timothy Richard Allen of Escondido died of heart failure before his 2008 Ford F-450 crossed over to the left, colliding with a Harley Davidson and continuing into the center divider median and down the embankment onto the I-15 northbound. The F-450 crossed all northbound lanes and down the embankment that borders the right shoulder of I-15 northbound.

As the F-450 approached Champagne Blvd (near the Welk Resort), it flipped over and came to rest, blocking the roadway on its passenger side.

“It’s all subsequent that <Allen’s> vehicle collided with the motorcycle,” said the representative. “Allen suffered a cardiac infarction then died naturally.”

Alcohol or drugs, while originally considered to be a potential cause of the collision, had no role in the incident.

Alan Christianson, age 50, of Fallbrook, was the driver of the 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle, on I-15 southbound. Christianson was transported to Palomar Medical Center and treated for minor injuries to his right arm.

“We did get lucky in that the [Fallbrook] gentleman survived the crash with minor injuries. Usually motorcycle riders don't fare so well when getting side-swiped by a truck. I guess the rider was paying attention enough to avoid serious injury and/or death,” said Captain Deb Schroder, commander of the Oceanside area CHP.

Champagne Blvd was closed for approximately three hours to conduct the investigation.

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FALLBROOK - According to the California Highway Patrol, on Monday August 2, at approximately 3 p.m., a 46-year-old Escondido man was driving a 2008 Ford F-450 on I-15 southbound at an unknown speed. Alan Christianson, age 50, of Fallbrook, was riding a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle, on I-15 southbound. For unknown reasons, the F-450 crossed over to the left, colliding with the Harley Davidson and continued into the center divider median and down the embankment onto the I-15 northbound. The F-450 crossed all northbound lanes and down the embankment that borders the right shoulder of I-15 northbound.

As the F-450 approached Champagne Blvd (near the Welk Resort), it flipped over and came to rest, blocking the roadway on its passenger side.

The driver of the F-450 was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Christianson was transported to Palomar Medical Center and treated for minor injuries to his right arm.

"We really don't know why the man lost control of his truck until the Medical Examiner's report comes out," said Captain Deb Schroder, commander of the Oceanside area CHP. "We did get lucky in that the [Fallbrook] gentleman survived the crash with minor injuries. Usually motorcycle riders don't fare so well when getting side-swiped by a truck. I guess the rider was paying attention enough to avoid serious injury and/or death."

Alcohol/and or drugs on the part of the truck driver are believed to be a factor in this collision. Champagne Blvd was closed for approximately three hours to conduct the investigation.

The identity of the truck driver is being withheld pending notification of family.

The collision is still under investigation.

 

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