A fatal accident that killed a 21-year-old motorcyclist from San Diego caused major traffic problems during Tuesday’s evening commute along Interstate 805.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened just before 4 p.m.
Officials said the motorcyclist was driving a 2000 Yamaha R6 motorcycle southbound on I-805 near Landis Street at a high speed when lost control and crashed into a 2012 International tow truck.
Officials said the motorcyclist was ejected from his bike and into the path of the oncoming tow truck, which was unable to avoid striking the motorcyclist.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The county medical examiner identified the man Thursday as an active-duty sailor stationed aboard a ship at the 32nd Street Naval Station.
The ME's report said the sailor was traveling at a high rate of speed when he clipped another vehicle and lost control.
The driver of the tow truck, a 35-year-old man from Imperial Beach, was not injured in the crash.
The CHP issued a Sig Alert for southbound I-805 from Interstate 15 to University Avenue following the deadly collision. At one point, at around 4:35 p.m., the entire southbound side of the freeway was closed. Traffic backed up for miles.
CHP, tow trucks and emergency crews all cleared the scene around 5:30 p.m.