2 weekend motorcycle crashes leave 1 man dead, 2 injured

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PALOMAR MOUNTAIN, Calif. – Two weekend motorcycle crashes in North County left one man dead and two others seriously injured, according to authorities.

The first crash was on Palomar Mountain at about 4 p.m. Saturday, when a 58-year-old Long Beach man lost control of his 2006 Harley Davidson VSRCR as he was riding uphill on South Grade Road from state Route 76.

He failed to negotiate a sharp left curve, veered off the right side of the roadway and ended up down an embankment, according to CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, no other vehicles were involved and alcohol was not considered a factor in the crash, according to Bettencourt.

The second crash was about five hours later at about 9 p.m. near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and left a man and a woman hospitalized with serious injuries, according to San Diego Police Officer Ben Newton.

The two were traveling west on San Pasqual Valley Road when the driver lost control on a curve, crashing the vehicle into some rocks, Newton said.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, suffered a compound fracture to his right arm. The woman, who was described as being in her 20’s, may have broken her leg, he said.

Neither one was identified by police and there were no other vehicles involved.