A motorcyclist who led a CHP officer on a chase across the Bay Bridge Tuesday morning that ended with him crashing into a box truck has been identified as 36-year-old SF resident Jose Vargas.
Vargas was reportedly speeding on the westbound upper deck of the Bay Bridge around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when CHP attempted to pull him over. Vargas was also riding on a motorcycle without a license plate.
CHP Officer Bert Diaz tells KPIX that Vargas fled from the CHP toward San Francisco, where he ultimately collided with the truck just east of the Fremont Street exit.
CHP IS INVESTIGATING A FATAL COLLISION— CHP Golden Gate (@CHP_GoldenGate) April 30, 2019
At approximately 7:35 a.m. one of our a motorcycle officer assigned to the CHP - San Francisco Area attempted to make a stop on a motorcycle who was traveling at a high rate of speed on westbound I-80...https://t.co/I7SO94GIZq pic.twitter.com/RWJVfJzElG
The crash led to major rush congestion on the bridge, as three westbound lanes were blocked Tuesday morning.
Vargas ultimately succumbed to his wounds in the hospital, and he was identified Wednesday by the medical examiner.