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Bicyclist Dies In Crash On I-15 North In Ranch Bernardo

A bicyclist died in a hit-and-run crash Monday morning on Interstate 15 in Rancho Bernardo.

The rider was pedaling to the north in one of the lanes of the freeway approaching West Bernardo Drive when a white GMC truck struck him shortly after 4:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The motorist then fled.

Broken-off parts of the pickup remained at the site of the collision, CHP public-affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said. Investigators were trying to use the debris to identify the vehicle and its owner.

The fatality — the victim's identity was not immediately released — prompted authorities to close a stretch of the busy freeway during the morning commute. All but one of the northbound lanes were blocked off, with traffic diverted onto Rancho Bernardo Road.

The freeway was fully reopened by 8:30 a.m., the CHP reported.

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