CARLSBAD, Calif. – A cyclist in Carlsbad was struck and killed Monday afternoon during a collision with a motorcycle that was being pursued by a State Parks officer, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 1 p.m. near Carlsbad Boulevard and Palomar Airport Road, according to Jodee Reyes with the Carlsbad Police Department. The 28-year-old motorcyclist was in an active pursuit with a California State Parks officer for reckless driving and excess speed when the crash occurred, officials said Monday.
The motorcyclist and a 22-year-old female passenger were both transported to a nearby hospital for serious injuries while the male bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have shut down Carlsbad Boulevard from Palomar Airport Road to Island Way while officers are on scene investigating. Drivers are encouraged to look up an alternate route.
“Our hearts go out to the victim and his family. California State Parks is working closely with the Carlsbad Police Department as they investigate today’s incident,” Jorge Moreno of the California State Parks told FOX 5 in a statement.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to reach out to Accident Investigator Adam Bentley at 442-339-5559.
Former police officer Kevin LaChapelle says it’s a tragic situation.
“They will investigate thoroughly to see if there were any policy issues and this will also go into criminal charges for the motorcyclist,” LaChapelle said.
FOX 5 brought what police have released so far to two former law enforcement officers, who say the investigation will likely look into state park officers’ pursuit policy.
“There are policies that dictate parameters on entering into a high-speed pursuit or someone failing to yield like this one,” LaChapelle said.
Former officer Jack Strumsky says it’s rare to see a park officer involved in a pursuit, and that there’s a long road ahead for the investigation and everyone involved.
“Why was the officer following him? Is it for your safety? Was he following someone who was harmful to someone else? Letting him go could have been dangerous,” Strumsky said.
FOX 5’s Zara Barker contributed to this story.