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Motorcyclist crashes, dies after Bay Bridge pursuit

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A motorcyclist died after fleeing from a stop by a California Highway Patrol officer at the Bay Bridge toll plaza and then crashing on the other side of the bridge in San Francisco, a CHP spokesman said.

The pursuit ensued at about 7:35 a.m. after a motorcycle officer tried to stop the motorcyclist for a bus lane violation in the westbound lanes in the area of 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. He has since succumbed to his injuries, Diaz said.

The crash initially shut down the three left lanes of the highway, but the No. 3 lane has since reopened, Diaz said as of 8:30 a.m. There is no estimate for when the other lanes will reopen.

No other injuries were reported in the pursuit and crash.

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