A 79-year-old motorcyclist was killed Saturday morning in a collision with a car in Escondido, police confirmed.
The Escondido Police Department (EPD) said the deadly crash involving a Prius and a motorcycle happened just after 9:40 a.m. at the intersection of Broadway and Country Club Lane, near Rincon Avenue.
Witnesses told investigators that a man was riding alone on his three-wheeled 2008 Honda Goldwing, traveling eastbound on Country Club Lane. At the same time, another man was driving his Toyota Prius southbound on Broadway. The two drivers collided at the intersection.
The impact threw the motorcyclist off his Honda Goldwing, onto the street. Police said an off-duty paramedic witnessed the crash and rushed to help the motorcyclist until medics arrived.
Despite life-saving efforts, the victim suffered severe injuries and died at the scene, EPD Lt. Mike Kearney said.
The driver of the Prius was not hurt. Both drivers are residents of Escondido. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
EPD officials said the crash remains under investigation but alcohol or drugs were not contributing factors. Kearney also said distracted driving is not suspected.
"It just looks like an unfortunate collision," he lamented.
The lieutenant said anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the EPD at (760) 839-4722 and ask to speak with a traffic investigator, or call the police department's anonymous tip line at (760) 743-8477.
The EPD blocked off traffic in the area immediately following the crash including Broadway at Country Club Lane and Rincon Avenue and urged motorists to avoid the area amid the investigation.