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Marine killed in motorcycle crash near MCAS Miramar

SAN DIEGO -- A 21-year-old Marine was fatally injured Friday morning in a multiple-vehicle freeway collision that snarled rush-hour traffic in the Miramar and Scripps Ranch areas, authorities said.

It happened at about 6:30 a.m. on southbound Interstate 15 just north of Miramar Way, California Highway Patrol public affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said. The Marine, who was riding a motorcycle, was in the far right lane when he apparently rear-ended a car and was thrown into the roadway. Two other vehicles, including a big rig, ran over the Marine, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened near an entrance to MCAS Miramar, and a group of passing Marines stopped on the freeway to aid their injured comrade. In addition, a sedan stopped in the freeway behind the downed rider to ensure other vehicles would not hit him until emergency crews arrived. No other injuries were reported.

Paramedics took the rider to Sharp Memorial Hospital, but he did not survive, Bettencourt said. The victim name was not immediately available.

The paramedics told dispatchers on the way to the trauma center that despite CPR and other emergency treatment, the victim was not breathing after having suffered multiple head fractures.

Caltrans issued a SigAlert for southbound I-15 in the area, where several lanes were blocked and traffic was backed up to state Route 56 for several hours.