June 19, 2015

A rider was killed at an intersection in Fairfield earlier this month.

The incident occurred at the Suisun Valley and Mankas Corner on Sunday, June 7.

The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Craig Bock. Sergeant Mike Lehman of the California Highway Patrol says the accident took place just before 3:00 pm. According to him, Bock was on his 2010 Harley Davidson Sportster traveling northbound on Suisun Valley road approaching Mankas Corner Road.

At the same time a 1997 Nissan Frontier driven by 66-year-old David Beyer was headed southbound on Suisun Valley Road, also approaching the intersection.

It was upon Bock entering the intersection that witnesses say Beyer turned left directly into the path of Bock. Without the ability to avoid the pickup truck, Bock smashed into the right side of the vehicle. Lehman says that Bock was killed upon impact.

He says Beyer was hospitalized with injuries described as ‘moderate’. A passenger, 60-year-old Eliaine Beyer, was present in the Nissan Frontier, but was not injured in the crash.

Lehman stated that neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected to be a factor in this crash.

Tragedies like these occur all too often. They are one of if not the most common reason for riders coming into our offices. The story is almost always the same. A rider and driver, both on the same road traveling different directions. The driver pulls in front of the rider, and the rider as a result is either seriously injured or killed.

Riding a motorcycle near inattentive drivers can be incredibly dangerous and hazardous to our lives. But the fact of the matter is, if we choose to ride on the streets, we also are choosing to be on the road with them. Our best chance for avoiding the carelessness of others is to ride as if we are invisible. By doing so, you won’t be surprised when that car pulls out in front of you, or merges into your lane from the side.

The Bay Area motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to the affected family and friends of Bock. We beg all our readers, whether you’re behind a wheel or handlebars, look carefully for riders on the road because a sequence of events which requires only two seconds to occur can leave someone dead and another with blood on their hands for the rest of their life.