December 28, 2013
A 32-year-old man was killed while riding his motorcycle in Canoga Park earlier this week.
The rider, identified as Kondwani Cole of North Hollywood, was riding his Honda Shadow at around 11:30 am Christmas Eve. According to Sgt. E. Waschak of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division, the accident occurred at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Independence Avenue.
Waschak says that Cole was riding eastbound on Victory Boulevard when it collided with the Volvo XC90, which was making a left turn from Independence Avenue onto Victory Boulevard.
Waschak also says that bystanders who saw the accident say the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the collision.
Waschak indicated the collision occurred when the Honda slid across the ground and into the left rear tire of the Volvo SUV.
Cole was rushed to Northridge Hospital, where he died. The 41-year-old driver of the SUV was uninjured, and was neither cited nor arrested.
It isn't clear why a collision occurred in this scenario, but from the outset it seems the investigation is framing the rider as the cause, more specifically when arbitrarily talking about a "high rate of speed" on the part of the rider. Additionally, since the SUV driver was not cited for anything we can assume that no one wants to blame the living. Unfortunately for Cole he'll never have a chance to defend himself. The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragedy, and urge our readers to please be careful on the roadways.