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Man arrested in deadly La Mesa motorcycle crash

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Posted at 8:58 AM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 11:58:05-05

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A man accused of fleeing the scene of a deadly motorcycle crash in La Mesa was arrested after a nearly one-month search.

On the evening of Oct. 31, the California Highway Patrol received reports of a motorcycle crash on the Severin Drive on-ramp to westbound Interstate 8.

Witnesses told the CHP that they saw three people riding a Harley Davidson Sportster at a high rate of speed when a crash occurred.

For unknown reasons, the motorcycle’s operator lost control and crashed, causing all three riders to be thrown from the bike.

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One person, identified as 38-year-old El Cajon resident Theresa Clouthier, died at the scene. CHP officials said she was not wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.

Witnesses said a man wearing a helmet and a woman ran from the scene before authorities arrived.

CHP officials said investigators identified the man as 44-year-old Chad Paul Tucker. According to the CHP, Tucker is suspected of being the operator of the bike at the time of the crash.

Tucker was located and arrested on Tuesday, the CHP said. He was booked on suspicion of manslaughter with gross negligence and felony hit-and-run, and he is being held on $1 million bail.

The woman who fled the scene has not been identified nor located as of Nov. 27.