A 39 year old motorcycle rider was hit and killed on the 805 Freeway south of the 5 Freeway on Monday, November 6.
The rider was hit by two vehicles according to California Highway Patrol Officer Salvador Castro. The CHP officer also said that one of the drivers did not stop after the crash, which occurred at 9 pm.
As reported by the San Diego Union Tribune, the rider had been stopped in the lanes, although the reason for that is unknown. At that moment, a Honda Crosstour struck his Harley-Davidson. The impact from the Crosstour collision threw the motorcycle rider off of his bike where he was struck by a second vehicle.
The driver of the second vehicle did not stop, and the rider died at the scene.
“This is a truly awful crash in San Diego,” said motorcycle accident attorney Gerald Singleton of Singleton Schreiber. “The rider suffered a wrongful death, the Crosstour driver was traumatized and may have committed a crime, the other driver committed a hit and run, and now the police have to sort through this awful situation. Our hearts go out to the family or the deceased motorcycle rider.”
San Diego Motorcycle Crashes
Fatal motorcycle accidents involving hit-and-run incidents are a tragic and disturbing reality on the streets of San Diego. These incidents not only claim the lives of motorcyclists but also leave a lasting impact on their families and the community as a whole. In this city known for its scenic roads and ideal weather for riding, the risk of such accidents underscores the importance of road safety and responsible driving.
Hit-and-run accidents involving motorcycles are particularly devastating because motorcyclists are vulnerable road users. They lack the protection of a car’s steel frame, airbags, and seatbelts, making them more susceptible to serious injuries or fatalities in collisions. When a hit-and-run driver flees the scene, they not only leave behind a victim in need of immediate medical attention but also hinder the investigation and accountability process.
The aftermath of a fatal hit-and-run motorcycle accident is filled with grief and frustration for the victims’ families. They are left to grapple with the sudden loss of a loved one while trying to piece together the circumstances of the accident. In many cases, the identity of the at-fault driver remains unknown for extended periods, leaving the family in a state of uncertainty and despair.
Law enforcement agencies in San Diego are actively working to combat hit-and-run incidents, including those involving motorcycles. They employ various strategies such as surveillance cameras, witness interviews, and public awareness campaigns to encourage citizens to report any information related to hit-and-run accidents. The hope is that by increasing accountability for these actions, drivers will think twice before fleeing the scene of an accident.
The legal consequences for hit-and-run drivers, when apprehended, can be severe. In California, fleeing the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges, including felony hit-and-run, which may lead to imprisonment, fines, and the suspension of the offender’s driver’s license. Moreover, if the hit-and-run accident resulted in a fatality, the penalties can be even more severe, including potential homicide charges.
Preventing fatal motorcycle accidents involving hit-and-run incidents in San Diego requires a collective effort. Motorcyclists should prioritize safety by wearing protective gear, obeying traffic laws, and staying vigilant on the road. Drivers of all vehicles must be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution, especially when sharing the road with motorcycles. Reporting suspicious or reckless behavior can also play a crucial role in apprehending hit-and-run offenders.
Ultimately, the heartbreaking reality of fatal motorcycle accidents involving hit-and-run incidents serves as a stark reminder of the need for increased road safety awareness and responsible driving. By working together as a community to prioritize safety and hold those who commit hit-and-run offenses accountable, we can strive to reduce the number of these tragic incidents in San Diego and create a safer environment for all road users.
“I highly recommend the family of the killed rider retain an attorney right away,” Mr. Singleton added. “While it is time for the family to mourn, the collision requires an extensive investigation and the hit and run driver needs to be discovered if at all possible. A qualified lawyer can handle all of that and let the family deal with their loss.”
Anyone involved in a motorcycle accident in San Diego should contact Singleton Schreiber by calling (619) 771-347 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.