LA MESA, Calif. — A man on a motorcycle was killed in a traffic crash on Interstate 8, at State Route 125, the California Highway Patrol said.
Officers said it started around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when a California Highway Patrol officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the motorcycle rider. The officer observed the Kawasaki ZX-10R reaching speeds over 90 mph.
Officers said a 54-year-old man from El Cajon failed to yield to the traffic stop and sped off.
The motorcyclist reached speeds of 120 mph, the CHP said, as officers pursued him. When the rider was east of SR-125 in La Mesa, he lost control and crashed into a concrete barrier, landing on the asphalt shoulder.
Officers and firefighters provided medical aid but the rider succumbed to his injuries.
The motorcyclist’s identity is being withheld by the Medical Examiner’s Office pending family notification.
The rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. It is unclear if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.