Encinitas Motorcycle Crash Leaves One Dead

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m.

A motorcycle rider was killed Sunday and another driver was injured in a two-vehicle crash on South Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, sheriff's officials said.

The crash was reported at 12:26 p.m. at the intersection of South Coast Highway 101 and K Street, according to sheriff's Lt. Kelly Martinez.

The cause of the crash, which involved a motorcycle and Toyota Camry, remained under investigation, she said.

The motorcycle rider was killed, Martinez said. His name was not immediately released.

The Toyota's driver and sole occupant was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas with non-life-threatening injuries he sustained in the crash, Martinez said.

South Coast Highway 101 was closed from W Street to the intersection with K Street, and was expected to reopen about 6 p.m., she said.

-City News Service

A Friend October 10, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Those that actually knew the motorcyclist know that he was a very responsible rider, not a showboating, reckless rider. I know that this stereotypical rider exists, but he was not one of them. I personally rode with him the weekend before, when he carefully rode behind me just to make sure that I was safe. I am a 50+ year old female, and I ride at a very safe (some might say slow) pace. Does he NOW sound like your stereotype? I was not there, so I can only go on what has been reported by the police and and other eye witnesses, and my own knowledge of the rider and location. The Camry pulled out in front of the motorcyclist. I would have to GUESS that the driver was concentrating on oncoming traffic from the south, and did not see the motorcyclists approaching from the north. But only he knows that for sure. Yes, unfortunately that much damage CAN and does happen at 35 mph. So Jewel Sparkle, I too feel badly for the driver, because I'm sure he did not set out that morning to be in an accident, and it is something that he will have to live with for the rest of his life. And I feel badly for your son and the other witnesses to this terrible accident. But the motorcyclist's family and friends are the ones that have lost a loved one. He was an incredibly considerate, polite, gentle soul who will be missed by many. Please do not add to their grief by misrepresenting the person that he was.
Tina S October 12, 2012 at 05:01 PM
It has taken me 5 days to allow myself to look up this accident online as I was an eyewitness. The entire accident was an accident that could have been avoided and a young life was lost. Seeing all these post and especially all the allegations is maddening. Especially after the detective hasn't even posted the report which she said will take probably a few months. All I can say after seeing the impact first hand...driving a motorcycle in any situation is much more dangerous than driving a car and everyone should drive defensively. It is a tragedy that a life was lost and seeing him alive one second and dead another has left many with a new outlook on life. Life is to short to not enjoy every minute we are alive. It hurts too much for me to be looking at any post and so this is my one and only viewing and posting. Though I know people will comment, keep in mind that a young life was lost and many are suffering. The police report won't be out for a while and no one should be making comments unless it is sympathy for all the families involved.
C. A. A. October 12, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Actually the motorcyclist had a stop sign it's right at J Street. I do not know if he sped through it, but I will say on Sunday people drive their motorcycles and sports cars way too fast while leaving that stop sign on J Street as they have a clear road down the 101 all the way to the Cardiff signal light a least a mile away.
Chelsea Buonaguidi October 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I've known the motorcyclist since we were 12. We went to jr high school together and high school. My big brother played high school football with his big brother. Encinitas is a fairly tight knit community. And although i dont live there at this time, my family and friends still do. It saddens me to hear what has happened. My fiance owns a Buell and this story hits close for many reasons, but mostly i am saddened because I knew Austin and I know he was a kind and loving person, who comes from a family full of love. I know he was just a kid, taken too early, and he is not reckless. Double shame on you Jewel for your disgusting comments. You owe at least an apology. Austin's mother is an amazing woman. Jewel, as a mother I cannot believe you'd make such ill remarks against someone else's baby. I have a child myself, and it has opened my eyes and heart to so much more love - I feel sadness for you, that your heart seems so cold and lonely.
Katy A November 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Austin, my heart is still breaking. You were SUCH a responsible rider....I'd know...bitched at you for doing it for months. I still go down to the spot to watch the sunset with you. I've known you since I was 11!!! I love, miss and think about you everyday. I miss you, so, so much. Saw your Mom a few days ago and gave her a hug. I miss and love you Austin. I can't believe this is real.


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