A motorcycle rider was killed late Sunday afternoon on State Route 78 in Santa Ysabel after being hit by another motorcycle rider traveling the opposite direction.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the deceased rider was traveling West on SR-78 past Spring View Road in a Harley Davidson motorcycle at about 4:50 p.m. when he mishandled a turn and was thrown into oncoming traffic. An eastbound rider on a Kawasaki motorcycle was unable to swerve out of the way and hit the fallen rider.
The 37-year-old rider of the Harley Davidson, a man from Carlsbad and active duty with the US Navy, was confirmed dead upon arrival of emergency responders.
The rider of the Kawasaki, a 43-year-old man from San Diego, was taken to Palomar Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
CHP is still investigating the accident, but says that drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor. Both riders were wearing helmets.