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Motorcyclist struck, killed by suspected drunk driver in Carlsbad

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Police reported a 42-year-old New England man on a cross-country motorcycle trip was killed Saturday when he stopped at a red light and was hit from behind by a suspected drunken driver.

The victim and another biker had started their trip on Cape Cod. His name has not been released pending family notification, said Carlsbad police Lt. Don Rawson, but the other motorcyclist was not hit.

The victim was driving north on Carlsbad Boulevard and was stopped at a red light at Island Way around 1:25 a.m. today when a vehicle hit the victim's motorcycle from behind, Rawson said.

The motorcyclist died from his injuries, but officers today could not say if he died at the scene or at the hospital.

The alleged drunken driver was identified as Keith Roles, 41, of Poway. He had minor injuries and was taken to Scripps Hospital in Encinitas for treatment, Rawson said.

Roles was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter, and was booked at the Vista Detention Center.

Police are still investigating the crash and Roles may face other criminal charges, according to Rawson.

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