A man died after his motorcycle collided with an SUV Monday in El Cerrito.
A Ford SUV was traveling northbound on 54th Street just north of El Cajon Boulevard when 49-year-old Stephen Starboard, riding a 1994 Harley Davidson glide motorcycle, ran a red light, San Diego Police said.
The two collided and the impact was strong enough to cause heavy damage to the front of the SUV.
The motorcyclist and his bike were sent in opposite directions. Starboard was declared dead at the scene shortly after the crash.
His personal belongings including a lunch bag were strewn all around the intersection.
Police say speed and alcohol or drugs were not factors in this incident.
The driver of the SUV remained on scene. He was visibly shaken and did not want to speak on camera.
Shay Thomas lives nearby and witnessed the crash. He said Starboard was going fast when he ran the red.
“He just flew out from the light,” Thomas said. “[The SUV driver] just couldn't avoid him.”
The intersection and streets in the surrounding the area were closed for several hours as investigators pieced together the tragic sequence of events.