Marine dies in motorcycle accident near Palomar Mountain

A 32-year-old active duty Marine from Escondido died Sunday after a motorcycle crash on State Route 76.

The Marine was riding a 2007 Ducati motorcycle on westbound highway 76, just east of Red Gate Road near Palomar Mountain about 2 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

According to a witness who was traveling behind the victim, the motorcyclist tried to make a right hand turn at a curve with a speed limit of 25 mph while going about 40 mph. The driver continued straight into the curve while his motorcycle slid out from under him, Bettencourt said.

He was ejected from his bike and crashed into a metal guard rail.

Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene. Drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor, he said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Jan 8 2012. Filed under Backcountry, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

13 Comments for “Marine dies in motorcycle accident near Palomar Mountain”

  1. Dorathy

    RIP. Sympathy to family, friends and coworkers in their grief. Speed kills, over 40 in a 25?Wonder how many onbase track events this guy attended. Obviously trying out his apexes and lines on a mountain road. Sad results. Follow the laws, obey posted limits. Have ridden that road thousands of times. Yet another senseless death!

    • Shain

      I agree, mountain roads have too many uncertainties(dirty corners,other vehicles crossing into your lane,big rocks,water across road etc., etc. ) to ride aggressively or above posted speed limits…I have adjusted my riding to track days to push the skill level/enjoyment of my bike,you get a race prepped,clean track and a more aware group of folks around you.BUT I still enjoy the GLENDORA RIDGE ROUTE,very little traffic and an EPIC road to ride…

    • paul

      The marine was actually a motorcycle safety instructor and had successful motorcycle racing career after high school which he quit to join the marine corp. He rode palomar on a weekly basis so it wasn't inexperience or lack of training that caused his death. But thank you for your sympathy just wanted to let it be known that it wasn't just a new guy with a new bike joy riding.

  2. Irene

    WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! INFORMATION:

    It was a left hand turn and the speed limit is NOT 25 mph!!!! The speed limit is 55 mph!!!! That exactly curve have a Yellow sign that said 25, NOT A WHITE SIGN!!! Yellow is just recommended. White is the law speed limit. Pretty much that recommendations is set for those big trucks/trailers. Even a car can go by that curve without any problem at 35 mph. The rider did not continued straight into the curve!!! He was fallowing the curve and pretty much at the end of the curve something happened and he low sided, sliding and going against the guard rail. The guard rail is what killed him. Completely nothing could happen to him if the guard rail was made in a different way. GUARD RAILS ARE MADE TO SAVE CAR CRASHES, BUT THEY KILL BIKERS!!! This rider was NOT going over his limits, he was cruising, he was an excellent rider that lost his life on his way home. I am Irene and I am the rider that was going behind him.

    My most sincere condolence to his wife and the rest of his family and friends!!!

  3. Courtney

    I am a family member of that outstanding young man. Your blaming comments are unnecessary. Perhaps your opinions are better left to yourself.

  4. Andy

    I was on my motorcycle and rode by this scene, it was very upsetting to see. When I rode up the mountain I saw the medics standing around him… they looked like they were working on him, but no one seemed to be rushing to do anything quickly. I figured the guy was ok. On my way back down the mountain the severity of the situation became apparent. There was an older couple there… maybe the parents of the girl who was riding behind him, not sure. The expression on the older gentlemen's face was awful. He looked beyond sad, just incredibly hopeless. Then I saw the body bag, I couldn't believe it, it was an overwhelming sight.

    This made me really think hard about how I ride my bike. Perfecting your high speed turning skills, braking abilities, all of that just sets you up to get potentially hurt or die. Pushing yourself to the limits just brings death closer, the more skilled you are the worse it is. I can't imagine what his parents are going through, it made me think how devastated mine would be if that happened to me. The thrill of high speed cornering through this mountain's switchbacks is just not worth it to me anymore. It's incredibly unfortunate that this guy had to be an example of how dangerous a motorcycle can be, but at least its had an impact on me and the decisions I'll make in the future. I'll never forget coming across this awful scene. I wish his parents strength during this terrible time, my greatest sympathies go out to them an all this gentlemen's friends and family.

  5. Dave

    Way to make it all about YOU Shain! Wow, what else do you enjoy?? As another one of our servicemen lies dead….

  6. David

    As a fellow motorcyclist, it always tough to hear about events like this and we don't know all the facts concerning this accident. RIP!

  7. Motogiro

    In California-Curves don't have speed limits they have posted suggested speed. The road way posted speed limit is the speed limit. So the speed limit for the turn could actually be 45 or 55 MPH but the suggested speed might be 25 MPH. Guard rail posts kill because the motorcyclist can go under the guard rail and hit posts. They are trying to change that design in some countries. What was the speed limit on the road where he was killed?

  8. Irene

    WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! INFORMATION:

    It was a left hand turn and the speed limit is NOT 25 mph!!!! The speed limit is 55 mph!!!! That exactly curve have a Yellow sign that said 25, NOT A WHITE SIGN!!! Yellow is just recommended. White is the law speed limit. Pretty much that recommendations is set for those big trucks/trailers. Even a car can go by that curve without any problem at 35 mph. The rider did not continued straight into the curve!!! He was fallowing the curve and pretty much at the end of the curve something happened and he low sided, sliding and going against the guard rail. The guard rail is what killed him. Completely nothing could happen to him if the guard rail was made in a different way. GUARD RAILS ARE MADE TO SAVE CAR CRASHES, BUT THEY KILL BIKERS!!! This rider was NOT going over his limits, he was cruising, he was an excellent rider that lost his life on his way home. I am Irene and I am the rider that was going behind him.

    My most sincere condolence to his wife and the rest of his family and friends!!!

  9. Joe Jackson

    His speed exceeded his skill level.

    • dennis

      He was a very capable rider. Unfortunately, residents around Palomar mtn have been known to drop loose sand in turns to "deter" motorcycle riders. Well played residents, slowed a very good man down!

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