An East Bay Paratransit driver was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and murder after a fatal collision with a motorcyclist in San Leandro Saturday afternoon, police said. Eastbound Interstate Highway 580 west of 150th Avenue remained closed after 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Some nearby on ramps were reopened as of 1:30 a.m., but the 150th Avenue ramp remained closed. San Leandro police Sgt. Doug Calcagno said that police were collecting evidence in the area well into Sunday morning and expected the highway to reopen by 2:30 a.m.
The Paratransit driver was identified by San Leandro police as Eddie Hall, 31, of Oakland. San Leandro police responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. after the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance in traffic control following the incident.
CHP Sgt. Trent Cross said it appears the crash followed an altercation between Hall and the motorcyclist, who he said was a Hells Angels member. The motorcyclist had been traveling in a group with seven or eight other motorcyclists, Calcagno said.
The Paratransit van struck the motorcyclist, and the motorcycle was dragged under the van for several miles before the van pulled over just east of the 150th Avenue on ramp, Calcagno said. After Hall pulled over to the shoulder, he attempted to flee the scene and was arrested by Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies, San Leandro police said. The motorcyclist was treated by Alameda County Fire Department personnel and then transported to a nearby hospital.
He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. San Leandro police and CHP are investigating whether Hall intentionally struck the motorcyclist. “We don’t think it was an accident,” Calcagno said, but said it was unclear what the motive may have been.
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