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Motorcyclist Critically Injured In Hit And Run-UPDATED

UPDATE: The motorcycle rider injured this morning in the hit and run accident succumbed to his injuries and passed away late this afternoon.

The Oceanside Police Department responded to calls of a hit and run collision involving a motorcycle and a box truck in the 300 block of Douglas Drive. Further reports indicated the hit and run vehicle was a “Budget Rental” white box truck. The collision occurred as both vehicles were northbound on Douglas Drive. The rental vehicle began negotiating a U-turn ahead of the motorcycle, which was unable to stop prior to striking the rental vehicle. After the collision the rental vehicle left the scene. The hit and run driver responded back to the collision scene and was questioned.

Prior to safety personnel arriving lifesaving CPR was being performed on the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was subsequently flown to Scripps La Jolla Hospital for treatment. The motorcyclist suffered major head blunt trauma and was placed on life support. At approximately 4:30pm, the motorcyclist succumbed to his injury and died.

The victim is identified as Brandon Joseph Bizzaro, 22 years of age, and an active duty Marine.

The driver of the hit and run vehicle was taken to the police station where he was interviewed. Based on the investigation the driver was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for felony hit and run. It is unknown if alcohol and speed are factors in this collision.

The investigation is ongoing. The Oceanside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is conducting the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Accident Investigator Bryan Hendrix at (760) 435-4882.

Original story follows:

Oceanside CA– Thursday morning, August 28, 2014 at 7:59 a.m. Oceanside Police dispatchers received multiple calls regarding a traffic collision in the 300 block of Douglas Drive near La Hacienda Restaurant. Callers reported a motorcyclist down and a large Budget Rental truck leaving the scene.

Officers arrived and found the motorcyclist down and unresponsive. They immediately began CPR.

The investigation revealed that Brandon Bizarro, a 23 year old Marine was driving a 2012 Suzuki motorcycle. Ezequiel Cazaresgarcia, 30 years old, of Oceanside was driving a 2012 Nissan truck rented from Budget Rentals at 3320 Mission Avenue in Oceanside.

Bizarro had been stopped for a red light at Mission Avenue and Douglas Drive prior to the collision. Witnesses said that when the light turned green, Bizarro accelerated at a normal rate of speed on northbound Douglas. As he neared the La Hacienda Restaurant at 300 Douglas, Cazaresgarcia pulled out of the restaurant parking lot. Bizarro was unable to stop and collided with the Budget Rental truck.

Cazaresgarcia then drove away and returned the truck to Budget Rentals at 3320 Mission. He made statements to the clerk which caused her to call the Oceanside Police Department and tell the dispatcher the truck had been returned, but the driver had been involved in a traffic collision. Cazresgarcia eventually returned to the scene. He made a number of incriminating statements to investigators. He was eventually arrested for hit and run with injury.

Bizarro was transported to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla. He has not regained consciousness.

Cazaresgarcia was transported to the Vista Detention Facility. Neither alcohol nor speed are believed to be a factor at this time.

The investigation is continuing. Although there were witnesses to the collision, the Oceanside Police Department is requesting that anyone with information regarding the collision call Officer Yanci Blackwell at (760) 435-4801 or Officer Bryan Hendrix at (760) 435-4882.