Oceanside motorcyclist dies after collision with truck near Ocotillo Wells

A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo via CHP

A motorcyclist has died after being struck by a large rig in the Ocotillo Wells area, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol said Thursday.

The runner, a 36-year-old Oceanside man, died at the Palm Springs Desert Regional Hospital, Officer Matthew Baranowski said in a press release. The accident was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at 5841 route 78, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The rider, on a KTM EXC-450 motorcycle, stopped on the southbound lane of SR-78, west of Split Mountain Road. At the same time, a 59-year-old man was driving a Kenworth truck with a propane tanker trailer west of SR-78.

The motorcyclist “did not observe the approaching vehicle and entered the roadway,” Baranowski said. “As a result, the (motorcyclist) struck the right side of the tractor-truck and was thrown onto the roadway.”

The driver of the truck was not injured, Baranowski said. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Baranowski said the truck driver, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is not facing any charges.

Baranowski said the CHP would not disclose the identity of the motorcyclist. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office had no further information.

– City news service

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