SAN MARCOS, California – A 29-year-old United States Marine was killed Wednesday night after his 1993 Harley Davidson was unable to avoid hitting an overturned 2000 Ford Escort that was blocking the roadway from a prior crash, according to a San Diego Medical Examiner Report and an ABC 10 News report.
According to the ABC news report, the Ford Escort was driven by Robert Sidney Bowman, 63, of Valley Center and Bowman had just rolled his car after crashing into a railing while driving the wrong way on the southbound Interstate 15 Freeway just north of Deer Springs Road. .
Prior to the fatal motorcycle crash, several witnesses had called 911 about 6:30 p.m. to report that a Ford Escort was driving in the center divider of the freeway between the northbound and southbound lanes. The Escort was reportedly veering in and out of opposing traffic and eventually he struck a 52-year-old Vista man in a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The pickup truck’s driver was uninjured and his vehicle sustained minor damage in the crash.
After this first collision, Bowman briefly stopped his Escort, but then got back onto the southbound side of the center divider and kept driving until he struck a concrete bridge railing supporting Gopher Canyon Road, the news report said. The impact caused the car to veer into the No. 1 lane and the vehicle overturned.
The Ford Escort was then struck by another driver in a 2013 Kia Optima. The 59-year-old driver was not hurt and his car sustained minor damage in the crash. Moments after the Kia hit the Escort, the Marine on the motorcycle struck the Ford Escort and was ejected.
Paramedics transported the unidentified Marine by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido where he later died at 7:41 p.m., about an hour after the crash was reported to police, the coroner reported. Bowman was injured in the crash and also taken to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
“Police are conducting a complete investigation into this series of accidents to determine whether there were any contributing factors such as alcohol, drugs or an underlying medical condition that may have led to the crashes,” said Attorney West Thomas, a San Diego personal injury lawyer. “Victims of car or motorcycle accidents may file a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company to compensate them for their injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one under such circumstances.”
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