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The road at Via Cantebria and West Bluff Drive was closed for about three hours after a fatal motorcycle collision. Photo by Jared Whitlock
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Encinitas resident killed in motorcycle collision

Another motorcyclist seriously hurt in separate collision later in the day 

ENCINITAS — Following a motorcycle collision on Monday, Encinitas resident James Randolph Hayes, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hayes, who was riding his 2001 red Ducati motorcycle, crashed into a 5-ton commercial truck at Via Cantebria and West Bluff Drive at about 11:20 a.m.

No one was injured in the truck.

Paramedics tried to revive Hayes. An emergency room physician subsequently pronounced his death via radio, according to a press release from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Drivers who witnessed the accident said Hayes was riding erratically, swerving and making sudden lane changes, a press release from Sheriff’s Deputy Brenda Sipley stated.

According to Sheriff’s Sgt. Emory Wallace, Hayes passed another car, reentered the original lane and hit the commercial truck, which was turning left.

Hayes was wearing a helmet, Wallace said. The Sheriff’s Encinitas Station Traffic Division is investigating the collision.

A stretch of Via Cantebria was closed for about three hours after the collision.

Another motorcycle crash occurred later in the day.

At about 4:15 p.m., a motorcyclist and a car collided at Santa Fe Drive and Gardena Road, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Brown. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital for a broken pelvis and concussion. Further details weren’t available by press time.

This story has been updated since its original posting to reflect Hayes’ identity.