Two killed in motorcycle crash in Mission Valley
UNION-TRIBUNE BREAKING NEWS TEAM
6:53 a.m. May 21, 2007
SAN DIEGO – Two people killed in high-speed motorcycle crash Sunday night in Mission Valley have been identified as an active-duty Navy man and his sister.
They were Christopher Lee Williamson, 21, who was stationed at North Island Naval Air Station and Rachel Farrelly, 25, from Imperial Beach, the county Medical Examiner's Office said Monday.
Officers tried to stop the pair for speeding as they were riding in a group with two other motorcycles heading east on Interstate 8 at Taylor Street just after 7 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
The driver accelerated to over 100 mph and overtook a second CHP unit at about 110 to 115 mph at Hotel Circle, the CHP said.
The driver then took the ramp to southbound Interstate 805 at 75 to 80 mph and struck the left guard rail, CHP officials said.
Both the driver and the rider were thrown off the bike and over the side, landing some 75 feet below in a parking lot on Camino del Rio South, where they died.
The ramp was closed until just before 6 a.m. as authorities investigated.
CHP officer Rob Sanchez said the other motorcyclists did not stop.
The Medical Examiner's office said the pair were originally from Missouri.