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Oceanside CA— This afternoon, December 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm officers responded to North River Road and Festival Drive for a serious traffic collision. Additional witnesses reported that a motorcyclist was not moving and had faint breathing.
Preliminary investigation revealed a motorcyclist, riding a 2009 Yamaha YZFR1, was westbound on North River Road at a high rate of speed. A white Toyota van from Toyota of Carlsbad made a left turn from eastbound North River Road to northbound Festival Drive. The motorcycle struck the van broadside. The motorcyclist, a 25 year old male Puerto Rican living in Oceanside, was declared dead at the scene (identification pending notification of next of kin). The driver of the van and a passenger were taken to Tri City Medical Center. Their injuries were non-life threatening.
Drivers should avoid the area for several hours as traffic flow will be constricted. Westbound traffic is detoured at Avenida Descanso. North River Road is still closed at Festival Drive as of 4:00pm.
The eastbound left turn lane on North River Road is closed. It is now beginning to rain in the area and motorists are urged to use extreme caution.
Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760)435-4911.