June 3, 2015
Photo courtesy of the OC Register
A motorcycle rider was fatally injured in a Newport Beach accident last Friday involving an SUV.
The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Darin Byrne of Covina.
The incident occurred at the corner of Bristol Street and Campus Drive just before 6:00 pm. The vehicle he collided with was a Toyota 4Runner that had been traveling northbound on Bristol.
As a result of the collision, Byrne was trapped by the overturned SUV. After emergency responders were able to remove him from the vehicle, he was rushed to Western Medical Center with very serious injuries.
According to the Coroner’s office, at just before 8:30 pm he succumbed to his injuries.
The investigation is ongoing, being conducted by the California Highway Patrol.
The cause of this tragic accident is not specified in any news reports, but suffice to say intersections can be incredibly dangerous places for motorcycles. Many of the cases coming through our doors are from riders injured as a result of drivers pulling in front of riders on the streets. Riders are simply smaller and less visible objects on the road. It’s imperative for riders to understand this, hence the tip “ride as if you’re invisible” being so commonly cited and employed.
The Orange County motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the downed rider. We beg you readers to please be safe out on the streets, and if you’re a driver, please look twice for motorcyclists because a collision with another car spells injury…a collision with a bike is significantly more serious.