February 10, 2015
A woman was killed on Super Bowl Sunday when, during a short two-mile ride near home, she lost control of her motorcycle and was ejected from the bike.
Police say the incident may have been instigated by a vehicle pulling out of a mobile home park on Avenue I near East 20th Street in Lancaster. The other driver never stopped. (Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is encouraged to contact the Lancaster Sheriff's Station at (661) 948-8466)
The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Rachelle Adrian. She had just spent the day pridefully showing off her new motorcycle to family members, and at around 8 pm was going to make a quick trip to a friend's house who also wanted to check out the bike.
But she was never to arrive.
Afterwards Jhayrieson Adrian, Rachelle's brother, received a chilling text from a friend.
"He said there was a motorcycle accident in Lancaster with a female…I called her multiple times again and she wasn't picking up so I called the hospital and sure enough she was there."
Rachelle spent about a week in intensive care at Antelope Valley Hospital. After it was determined that Rachelle was brain dead, they made the decision to let her go.
But Rachelle wasn't done with the world just yet. She had signed up to be an organ donor during a previous renewal with the DMV, and following her death Rachelle's liver and kidneys were used for two separate individuals. Gary, her father, reflected on the events.
"I know she's the kind of person who would want us to be happy and not be sad…She cared more about other people than herself."
"My daughter never told me that she was an organ donor…so my daughter helped save two lives,"
The family has now been hit with mounting medical and funeral costs. An account has been setup by a friend to help fundraise for expenses: www.gofundme.com/lod7pg
A tragedy like this is beyond words. The frustration and anger felt by family and friends of the victim is unfathomable, considering there might be a perpetrator at large whose actions directly caused the death of this young woman.
It should be no small consolation that Rachelle selflessly pledged her organs to victims in need.
The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to all those affected by this huge loss to the motorcycle riding community.
Please readers, look out for riders at all times out on the streets. And if you're a motorcyclist yourself, understand that your safety is a burden most drivers simply do not bear. Practice riding with the mentality that you're invisible, because much of the time that's exactly what you are to those around you.