SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A collision on a storm-soaked stretch of Interstate 805 in Clairemont Mesa killed a 60-year-old motorcyclist Monday and tangled traffic for hours during the morning commute.
The accident occurred amid heavy rainfall shortly before 6 a.m., when a motorist traveling about 80 mph in the far left-hand southbound lane of the freeway encountered slow-moving traffic ahead of him near Balboa Avenue, causing him to lose control of his Lexus SUV, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The vehicle slid to the right, struck a big rig and caromed back to the left across the roadway, crossing directly in the path of a BMW motorcycle, CHP Officer Allen Reyes said.
The two-wheeler struck the driver's side of the Lexus, ejecting the rider, Paul Palika of Oceanside. He died at the scene.
The driver of the sport utility vehicle was uninjured. It was unclear if he would be cited in connection with the fatal accident, according to Reyes.
The accident forced the closure of the southbound side of the freeway for several hours. All lanes were open again by just before 8:30 a.m., Reyes said.