Motorcyclist Strikes Car, Dies in Vista

A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a vehicle in Vista Monday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officer Jim Bettencourt said the accident started at 6:15 p.m. when a 34-year-old man in a 2003 Ford Taurus pulled up to a stop sign at Huchinson Street, waiting to make a left turn onto E. Vista Way.

As he pulled out, he did not see a motorcyclist heading south and drove into his path, Bettencourt said. The motorcycle struck the driver's side of his car and threw the rider to the street.

The 49-year-old male motorcyclist from Vista died at the scene.

The Taurus driver had to be cut out of the car by firefighters, and he was taken to Palomar Hospital for major injuries to his legs.

"This is just a reminder that when you're out here on the road and you're at an intersection or you're pulling out of somewhere into traffic, to make sure that you look twice, look more than once," said Bettencourt.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, but Bettencourt says he believes the driver just did not see the motorcyclist as he pulled out.

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