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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Joseph Lilly Identified as Motorcyclist Killed During Police Chase on Bay Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM

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Medical authorities say it was 20-year-old Joseph Lilly who was killed yesterday afternoon when he crashed into a pole during a police chase on the Bay Bridge. 

According to police, Lilly, a San Leandro resident, was speeding toward the toll plaza yesterday afternoon with no license plate on his vehicle; when a CHP officer attempted to stop him, Lilly allegedly sped off, leading police on a short pursuit back-and-forth on the bridge. 

As he was headed westbound, Lilly exited the bridge at Treasure Island, turned around, and started driving toward Oakland at a high rate of speed, says CHP Officer Vu Williams. 
At some point, the CHP officer lost sight of Lilly and terminated the pursuit; a few minutes later, a second CHP cop spotted Lilly at the entrance of Treasure Island. He, too, began chasing him, Williams said. At that point, Lilly lost control and hit the concrete pole separating the east and westbound entrances to Treasure Island. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Williams says he has no idea why Lilly would have been running from the cops, as he had no criminal record that police could tell at this time. "The usual things when people run are suspended license or stolen vehicle and that's not showing up here, so I couldn't tell you why — there was no reason for it."

Meanwhile, the CHP closed down the Treasure Island offramp, delaying traffic on an already rainy day.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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