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Suspected hit-and-run vehicle identified in Encinitas fatality

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities reached out to the public Thursday for help in identifying a hit-and-run driver involved in a crash that killed a lane- splitting motorcyclist last week on Interstate 5 in Encinitas.

The motorist was behind the wheel of a silver 2006 or 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser that collided with a gray 1995 Harley-Davidson that was traveling between slower-moving vehicles on the southbound side of the freeway near Santa Fe Drive about 5 p.m. Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash caused the motorcyclist, 24-year-old Christopher Isaacs of San Diego, to fall onto the roadway, where the rear tires of a tractor-trailer ran over him, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said. Isaacs died at the scene.

The person behind the wheel of the Toyota kept driving following the collision, leaving behind telltale broken-off pieces of the SUV's rear bumper. The Toyota is believed to have sustained other rear-end damage, as well, Bettencourt said.

Authorities have no description of the hit-and-run driver.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to call the CHP at 858-637-3800.

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