Sadly, yesterday morning another San Diego motorcycle accident resulted in the death of the 45-year-old rider. The accident occurred on a rural road in the East County near Dehesa. The motorcyclist lost control of his bike going around a curve and slid right into an oncoming SUV.
According to CHP Officer Brian Pennings, the crash was reported at 6:48 a.m. on Dehesa Road at Willow Glen Drive. The rider was attempting to make a right turn when he laid down his bike and skid under a 2008 Chevy Tahoe SUV. The driver of the SUV, a 76-year-old El Cajon resident, hit his brakes and swerved trying to avoid hitting the motorcycle. Unfortunately, he was unable to steer out of the way of the rapidly approaching rider.
Video from Sky10 on Friday showed that the accident took place at a sharp and steep curve. Aerials views of the scene showed that the motorcycle was wedge underneath the front of a Tahoe. Firefighters used an airbag to lift the Tahoe so they could free the victim and allow paramedics to provide urgent medical care. Tragically, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Tahoe SUV and his wife, who was a passenger, were unhurt. Investigators said the driver of the SUV is not facing any charges.
"He did everything he could to avoid the collision," said Officer Pennings. "But unfortunately, was unsuccessful."
According to 10News, the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet and it's unclear what caused him to lose control of his bike. CHP has not ruled out the rainy weather as a contributing factor. The County Medical Examiner's Office is working to determine whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash, said police officials. The name of the rider, a man from El Cajon, has not been released pending notification of his family.
Trying to navigate through the morning traffic can be challenging enough for drivers, but imagine what it would be like for the rider of a motorcycle. Vehicles surrounding you and you being totally exposed without the protection of the solid body of a car. According to an article in "Motorcyclist", it is extremely important that riders constantly scan the road conditions and their entire environment. Scanning everything from your road ahead, blind spots, to your left and right rear ~ keeps you aware and in touch with your surroundings. I know from my own experiences as a Personal Injury Attorney, the more you are in touch with your situation, the better you're able to react.
Sources: "Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Near Dehesa" ~ U~T San Diego, November 9, 2012
"Fatal Motorcycle Crash Reported on Dehesa Rd, Willow Glen Drive" ~ 10News San Diego,
November 9, 2012
"Motorcycle Driver Killed in Crash on Dehesa Road" ~ NBC 7 San Diego,
November 9, 2012