February 28, 2014

An SUV turned in front of two motorcycle riders, which in an attempt to avoid collision laid down their bikes. One of those riders died, and the other was critically injured.

This seems like a simple accident, caused by the same inattentiveness that kills more riders than any other cause.

The police aren’t convinced however. In a statement they say that street racing is suspected to have been involved.

The accident took place on Wednesday night just before 9:00 pm at the intersection of West Mill Street and Boardwell Avenue. The killed rider has been identified as 23-year-old Edwin Angula Nunez of San Bernardino.

The injured rider is 20-year-old Juan Robert Lopez of Rialto.

According to the statement by the police, “Nunez…and Lopez were riding on separate motorcycles and possibly involved in a speed contest while traveling in an eastbound direction on West Mill Street west of Boardwell Avenue. A Mercedez SUV driven by Mary Lou Quezada was traveling northbound on Boardwell Avenue. As the SUV negotiated a turn, the speeding motorcyclists laid down their bikes and collided with the SUV.”

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information please call investigators at 909-384-5664.

Without further details expounded, it sounds as though the statement is saying this: of course, if two motorcycles are riding down the same stretch of road, and both happen to be traveling over the speed limit, they must have been racing. It doesn’t matter if it’s a stretch of road that is commonly sped down by motorcycles and cars alike (in southern California, is there any other kind?), or whether they were simply riding at a pace that would keep them in front of the four-wheeled traffic.

If investigative law enforcement doesn’t have a way of forgetting things, then they at least have a way of forgetting what’s important. How about that an SUV pulled into the legal right of way of two motorcycles, killing one rider and critically injuring the other? That particular fact seems more important than the subjective appearance of a race taking place, which for all we know was the fact that both riders were on motorcycles that made a lot of noise and looked sporty, the former of which is in many ways a safety precaution to help inattentive drivers realize their presence (something which clearly didn’t help in this scenario).

The San Bernardino motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish our deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic loss of Mr. Nunez, and additionally for the speedy recovery of Mr. Lopez. We beg you readers to please look out for yourselves out on the roadways, because time and time again we see that others will not do so for you.