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Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Near Julian Was Retired Cop


Last updated 10/15/2017 at 10:37pm

The motorcyclist who died after he lost control and crashed into a parked car on route 79 Saturday Oct. 14, was identified as retired La Mesa police officer Tom Ruth.

At around 2:30 p.m., north of Japacha Fire Road, Ruth crossed the double yellow lines, and side swiped a truck, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

Ruth retired in 2009.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom's wife during this difficult time," a statement by the La Mesa Police Officers' Association, said.

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