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Suspect Runs Over Motorcycle Rider, Flees

The motorcycle rider hit a sport utility vehicle, which then ran over him and drove away.

A hit-and-run crash left a motorcycle rider hospitalized today.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. at the intersection of La Serena Way and Calle Pina Colada, according to sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Hoctor.

The motorcycle rider and a beige sport utility vehicle were speeding westbound on La Serena Way when the motorcycle slammed into the back of the SUV, witnesses said.

“The motorcycle appeared to swerve to go around me and hit the back of the SUV,” said Joe Thomas, who was driving behind the SUV at the time, said.

The motorcycle rider then flew off his vehicle and landed in front of the SUV, which then ran him over, witnesses said.

The SUV driver sped away, but a few minutes later, he came back, got out of his vehicle and joined a crowd that gathered.

The suspect asked people in the crowd what happened and pretended he was not involved, according to Thomas and another witness, Tim Lalaiberte.

Eight patrol cars were scattered around the scene as the victim was lifted onto a stretcher and put in an ambulance. The motorcycle sat wrecked in a pool of leaking fluids, and deputies used a chemical agent to absorb it.

This kind of incident is common at this intersection, some said.

“This is a good example of why there needs to be a stop sign,” said Gabriella Cirby, who lives near the scene. “Everyday, there are dangerous encounters. I don’t let my 5-year-old outside because it’s crazy.”

All lanes were closed at the intersection as of 3:30 p.m.

Peter Surowski contributed to this report.

Cathy Sue Paino June 30, 2011 at 10:23 PM
The Motorcycle rider, Ed is in the hospital with a broken neck...he was on his way to our house..obviously he didn't make it...whoever it was that hit him is a coward...
markgarcie July 01, 2011 at 12:46 AM
Too bad some one did not point out the drive to the police. That spot and intersection has had way too many accidents over the years. They need to place a stop there. I know that a number of people have asked about a stop sign over the years with no action so far.
Amanda Puckett July 01, 2011 at 03:35 AM
This entire section-- "The motorcycle rider and a beige sport utility vehicle were speeding westbound on La Serena Way when the motorcycle slammed into the back of the SUV, witnesses said. “The motorcycle appeared to swerve to go around me and hit the back of the SUV,” said Joe Thomas, who was driving behind the SUV at the time, he said." --is contradictory and needs to be clarified or rewritten for accuracy.
ivan July 01, 2011 at 03:55 PM
.Two police cars on pina colada turned left on to la serena and pulled over a truck.there was lots of cars on the road just watching.then thats when the motorcycle accident happend.
Melissa July 02, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Yeah I am super confused. The driver, who fled, came back and no one said "hey thats the guy who fled?" This article kind of jumps all over the place and doesn't give all the details. My husband and I are both left wondering what really happened.

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