A motorcyclist was killed after being thrown from his bike and hit by a semi-truck on State Route 15 near University Avenue.
According to California Highway Patrol officials, two separate motorcyclists riding a Hyosung and Harley Davidson were splitting traffic in the third and fourth lanes on northbound SR-15 just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.
As the riders approached a semi-truck in the third lane and a Honda SUV in the fourth lane, the rider on the Harley Davidson slowed down.
The rider of the Hyosung struck the rear of the Harley and both riders were ejected from their bikes.
The rider of the Harley landed in the third lane, in front of the semi-truck, and was ran over by the truck.
He was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital in critical condition. Despite aggressive efforts to save his life, he died en route to the hospital, CHP officials said Wednesday.
The Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as 29-year-old National City resident Rosalio Cardenas. He leaves behind a wife.
No other injuries were reported in this crash.