Motorcycle Passenger Dies in Julian Crash

A female motorcycle passenger has died after her ride flew down a rocky embankment south of Julian on Sunday.

California Highway Patrol officials say the crash happened as a 45-year-old male driver and a 53-year-old woman, both from Descanso, were riding a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on State Route 79 just north of Sunrise Highway.

The two pulled up behind a slower vehicle, which pulled to the right to allow the motorcycle to pass.

The riders crossed into the northbound lane to go around the vehicle, but as they did, another car came around a blind left-hand curve and headed right toward the motorcycle.

To avoid a head-on crash, the Harley driver swerved hard to the right, causing him and his passenger to fly off the road and down the embankment.

The riders were dragged from the bike, slamming into several trees and rocks as they fell.

Both were wearing helmets, but the woman died from injuries at the scene.

The man was taken to a San Diego hospital for a broken right leg.

The CHP says they believe alcohol or drugs were not a factor in this crash. It is still under investigation.

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