Motorcyclist dies on Bay Bridge, traffic at a standstill

A motorcyclist died after fleeing a stop by a California Highway Patrol officer at the Bay Bridge toll plaza Tuesday morning. The rider crashed on the other side of the bridge near the Fremont Street exit in San Francisco, a CHP spokesman said.

The crash initially shut down the three westbound left lanes of the highway and brought traffic across the upper level deck of the Bay Bridge to a standstill. One lane reopened at 8:30 a.m. and there was no estimate for when the other lanes would reopen. As of 9:55 a.m., the commute from the East Bay into San Francisco was still a mess with drivers reporting major delays.

The pursuit started at about 7:35 a.m. after the motorcyclist committed a violation in a westbound bus lane in the toll plaza, CHP Officer Bert Diaz said.

The motorcyclist, a man whose name has not yet been released, fled west but then crashed just east of Fremont Street on the San Francisco side of the bridge.

“The rider was transported and pronounced deceased at SF General,” according to CHP.

Bay City News contributed to this story.

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