(October 7, 2012)

A motorcycle rider killed in a head-on collision in Alpine was identified today as a 49-year-old El Cajon man.

Virgil Frank Garrett was going east on Alpine Boulevard when he lost control on a curve and swerved into the path of an oncoming Honda Accord near Willows Road about 3:15 p.m. Saturday, according to San Diego Medical Examiner's Office.

The Honda driver swerved but couldn't avoid the accident, California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Garrett struck the Accord head-on, was thrown from the bike and declared dead at the scene, authorities said. A preliminary investigation showed that Garrett's helmet came off, because the chin strap was not properly secured