ID 2169
SDPD 10/10/1975 - 10/12/1995
01/16/1943 - 12/21/2006
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - December 23, 2006

Deceased Name: Robert Gregorio: Motorcycle-crash victim was retired police officer 

A motorcyclist killed Thursday on Otay Lakes Road was identified yesterday as Robert Gregorio, 63, of Santee.

Gregorio was a retired San Diego police sergeant, the county Medical Examiner's Office said.

Gregorio was traveling north on Otay Lakes about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and was just past state Route 94 when a motorist heading in the opposite direction at high speed lost control, said California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings.

The 2001 Ford Taurus was driven by an 18-year-old man. It skidded sideways into the northbound lanes, and Gregorio crashed into the side of the car.

Earlier, a Border Patrol agent had received a tip of illegal-immigrant activity in the area, said Border Patrol spokesman Michael Bermudez. The agent spotted the Taurus and tried to pull it over.

Bermudez said the agent stopped pursuing the car because of road conditions on Otay Lakes Road, a winding, two-lane road between Chula Vista and Jamul.

The agent soon saw a cloud dust around the curve and realized a crash had occurred.

The Taurus' driver was alone. He suffered moderate injuries. He had no identification other than a Mexican student identification card, Pennings said.

He was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, Pennings said.

The man's immigration status had not been determined, Pennings said.
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