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East County News Service

October 9, 2019 (Julian) – A 19-year-old Julian man has died after a solo motorcycle crash that occurred at 5:15 p.m. on State Route 78 west of Pine Hills Road in Julian.

According to Officer Jeff Christy from the California Highway Patrol, the victim was riding a 2007 Yamaha R6 motorcycle westbound when he lost control in a curve and struck a utility pole on the north shoulder.

Paramedics performed potentially life-saving efforts on the teen, who sustained serious injuries. He was transported by ground to Santa Ysabel for transport by Mercy Air to a local hospital, but died during the flight.

A witness told investigators that the victim was driving in a “reckless manner” just before the crash, says Officer Christy, who adds that there is no indication that alcohol or drugs were factors.

No other parties or vehicles were involved. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family, and will be released later through the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.

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Julian Carnage

For those of us who have lived here for a while, we know that the motorcycle carnage on Highway 78 and 79 is nothing short of extreme. The number of young people with pants rockets passing across double yellows, and gray beards who just fall off their Harleys (with some frequency), is just too much sacrifice for apple pie and the Julian economy. I'd like to see more CHP and Sheriff's presence to help reduce the rate of casualties.

Given he's dead from a solo

Given he's dead from a solo crash I would say its obvious he did not have the experience or training.