Motorcyclist Killed in Fatal Freeway Crash

A single motorcycle went down on the eastbound I-8 connector near SR-163 Saturday morning

By Monica Garske
|  Saturday, Jul 7, 2012  |  Updated 1:39 PM PDT
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Motorcyclist Killed in Fatal Freeway Crash

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A motorcyclist was killed Saturday morning after a crash on northbound State Route 163 near Mission Valley.

CHP officials said a single motorcycle went down just before 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of eastbound Interstate 8 and northbound SR-163 at Friars Road.

The driver of the motorcycle – identified by the medical examiner as 40-year-old Pacific Beach resident Robert Jauregui – was riding a 2011 silver Harley-Davidson.

CHP officials and the medical examiner’s report said it’s possible a piece of wood or landscaping debris on the freeway was kicked up, hitting Jauregui in the face and causing him to lose control of his motorcycle.

Authorities provided traffic control in the area, as parts of northbound SR-163 and eastbound I-8 were closed off for investigation.

By 10 a.m., the roads reopened.

The investigation of the fatal crash is ongoing. Authorities do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in this accident.

CHP Sergeant Jeff Kight had the following warning for motorists Saturday morning:

“Speed, especially on these collector roads can be an issue. I don't know that that's the case in this, but always be careful transitioning. You never know what kind of debris will be in the roadway...give yourself time to stop,” explained Kight.

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