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DEHESA, Calif. — A 45-year-old El Cajon man was killed Friday when he crashed his motorcycle on a rural East County road and was struck by an oncoming SUV.

The rider lost control of his eastbound 1996 Suzuki two-wheeler for unknown reasons about 6:45 a.m. on Dehesa Road, near Willow Glen Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He fell onto the roadway and slid into the path of a westbound 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe, CHP public-affairs Officer Brian Pennings said. The driver of the SUV, a 76-year-old El Cajon resident, hit his brakes and swerved but was unable to steer clear of the rider and his motorcycle.

Firefighters used an airbag to lift the Tahoe so they could free the victim. Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. His name was withheld pending family notification.

Officers closed the roadway for several hours to allow for investigations and cleanup.