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Alleged car thief heading the wrong way on the freeway kills motorcyclist

January 22, 2011 |  6:48 pm

The driver of a stolen Ford pickup struck and killed a motorcyclist in San Bernardino on Saturday after he sped the wrong way down the 210 Freeway to evade police, authorities reported.

Police said the incident began about 12:20 p.m. when a person notified authorities that he was following his own 2001 Ford F-150 that had been stolen from his home on Palm Avenue.

Officers chased the truck on the westbound 210 near Waterman Avenue until the driver got off the freeway and continued along Highland Avenue to Muscupiable Avenue, where he turned south. When the suspect headed the wrong way on the exit ramp of Interstate 215 and entered the freeway, police did not follow the truck because of the risk.

After striking the motorcyclist, police said, the driver abandoned the pickup and fled on foot. 

The motorcyclist, a 57-year-old Riverside man, was killed. His name was being withheld Saturday night pending notification of next of kin.

The suspect was still at large. He is described as a clean-shaven Hispanic male, about 25 years old, 5-feet-6, and of average build with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing jeans, a white T-shirt and possibly a beige hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information about the suspect can call the San Bernardino Police Department at (909) 384-5742.


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