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Heart attack leads to truck driver's death

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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