Motorcyclist Killed After Slamming Into Guardrail

Joshua Alan Rios, 25, lost control of his motorcycle as he transitioned from southbound SR-163 to I-5 on Sept. 5

A 25-year-old San Diego resident was killed early Saturday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle and plowed into a guardrail as he transitioned from one freeway to another.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Adrian Horta said the deadly crash happened around 1 a.m. on the transition ramp from southbound State Route 163 to southbound Interstate 5.

Horta said the motorcyclist – now identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office as Joshua Alan Rios – was travelling at a high speed as he merged.

He struck a guardrail and was thrown from his motorcycle. Horta said the victim, lifeless in the middle of the freeway, was then run over my multiple cars.

“In cases like this, it’s dark, it’s in the roadway. People aren’t expecting a body to be in the roadway, so the people who ran [the victim] over probably don’t know what it is that they ran over,” Horta explained.

The sergeant said Rios’ motorcycle came to a halt about 400 feet away from his body, indicating high speeds. A passerby saw the motorcycle wrecked on the roadway and called 911 to report the accident.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but Horta said DUI is not suspected at this time.

No other injuries were reported. The area was blocked off to traffic for several hours following the crash.

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