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Valley Center high speed chase ends in fatality

A 22-year-old motorcyclist from Lake Elsinore was killed in a crash Sunday during a pursuit that ended in an Escondido neighborhood. The pursuit started about noon on Sunday after a California Highway Patrol deputy tried to pull over the motorcyclist for speeding on southbound I-15 near SR 76, according to Suzanne Baeder with the Escondido Police Department.

According to the Escondido Police Department news release, the chase involved multiple agencies in North County.

The motorcyclist led the CHP on the pursuit through Valley Center on a yellow motorcycle. The high-speed pursuit then entered Escondido where officers lost the motorcycle for a short time. After locating the motorcycle, the rider crashed into a car in the intersection of E Washington and Harding St.

Officers performed life-saving measures on the rider but the motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was transported to a hospital for injuries sustained during the crash. The area remained closed for hours as police and CHP investigated. The name of the deceased has not been released, pending notification of the family.


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