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Motorcyclist dies after CHP chase on Temecula freeway

May 31, 2010 | 12:49 pm
A motorcyclist who led California Highway Patrol officers on a chase in Riverside County died early Monday after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.

CHP officers attempted to pull over the 23-year old Temecula man -- whose identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin -- for a traffic violation on Winchester Road near the 15 Freeway in Temecula, according to authorities.

The motorcyclist then pulled onto the southbound lane of the freeway and sped up to more than 100 miles per hour to evade the officers. They pursued the cyclist on the freeway and followed him when he exited at Rancho California Road.

"He was going on surface streets and failed to negotiate a turn,” said Matt Diaz, an investigator with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, which has been asked by the CHP to investigate the crash.

The motorcyclist struck the east curb of Old Town Front Street at Santiago Road and was thrown into a fence and a light pole.  An ambulance and paramedics arrived to assist, but the  motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene.

-- Carla Hall