By Will Fritz
Staff Writer 

Motorcyclist killed in crash on I-15


Last updated 2/24/2021 at 4:51pm

helicopter over road

Village News/North County Fire courtesy photo

A paramedic helicopter lands on northbound I-15 to attempt to rescue a motorcyclist who was badly injured in a crash there Monday afternoon.

A paramedic helicopter had to land on Interstate 15 near Fallbrook Monday afternoon, Feb. 22, to rescue a motorcyclist who was badly hurt in a crash, resulting in the closure of the northbound side of the freeway for about 20 minutes.

The biker was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, but was pronounced dead in the emergency room, a North County Fire official said. An investigation of the crash caused traffic delays on northbound I-15 near state Route 76 into the early evening.

According to North County Fire Capt. John Choi, the motorcyclist – whose identity was not immediately available – struck the rear of a sedan around 1:30 p.m. on I-15 just north of state Route 76. The motorcyclist had been traveling at a speed "in excess of 100 miles per hour," just before the crash, Choi said.

Northbound I-15 was shut down in the area between about 1:40 p.m. and 2 p.m. to land a helicopter to take the biker to the hospital, but Choi said paramedics determined the victim was in too unstable a condition to safely be airlifted. The motorcyclist was ultimately taken to Palomar Medical Center in a ground ambulance, and died at the hospital, Choi said.

CHP officers were investigating the crash, and traffic on northbound I-15 was snarled back to Centre City Parkway in Escondido for hours.


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