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Motorcyclist who died in crash was 30-year-old Navy man

By LYNDSAY WINKLEY | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: July 9, 2019

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (Tribune News Service) -- A 30-year-old Navy man died after crashing into the side of a car in Valley Center, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The rider was headed south on Valley Center Road about 4:10 p.m. when the driver of the car, a black Nissan Altima, turned left in front of him from Mirar De Valle Road, CHP Officer Kevin Smale said.

The motorcyclist hit the left side of the Nissan and was thrown into the road. He was rushed to a hospital where he died as a result of his injuries, Smale said.

The rider was not named, but Navy officials confirmed he was a petty officer assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego.

The driver of the Altima, a 39-year-old Valley Center man and his two passengers -- a 42-year-old woman and a 3-year-old girl -- were taken to a hospital with injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening, Smale said.

The driver had stopped at a stop sign at Valley Center before turning. It's unclear if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, Smale said.

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