October 2, 2014
Tuesday brought the death of two riders, one the driver and the other the passenger, of a motorcycle on the 134 freeway in Glendale.
The incident occurred at night around 9 pm, when authorities say that a law enforcement officer attempted to stop the speeding motorcycle.
Though details are unclear, the motorcycle seems to have attempted to outrun the police at speeds in excess of 100 mph until colliding with a van while traveling westbound near the 2 freeway.
Upon impact both the driver and passenger were ejected from the bike, sustaining injuries which would prove fatal. They both died on-scene according to the California Highway Patrol.
Running from the police via motorcycle may sound like a cool, counter-culture ordeal to some (or just an easy way to avoid a traffic ticket to others) but the reality of it is often a very different thing. Imagine yourself booking it along the freeway when suddenly the (possibly all too familiar) blue and red of a police cruiser light up behind you. Do you yield? Do you run?
Some might have the sense that a police cruiser will have nothing for a motorcycle in this situation, and if you’re talking about a car or SUV, you’re probably right. But what if those lights belong to a motorcycle cop? Now you’re faced with two questions. Are you willing to risk the possibility that the police officer is a better rider than you, or has a faster bike? Are you willing to risk the safety of yourself and others? The latter question also asks if you’re willing to risk the safety of the police officer who is, after all, just doing his job.
Most people will, without a doubt, decide that if they have a passenger on-board that they should not run from the police. This is an easy answer, but the rider in this case chose wrong. They tried to run from the police, and it wasn’t only themselves that was punished but their passenger as well.
Also on Tuesday the other scenario played out, with an LA motorcycle cop getting killed while in pursuit of a motorcycle rider who was attempting to escape him.
So if you’re willing to be responsible for the death of a police officer, yourself or your passenger then by all means try your luck at running. But if you have a conscience or a will to live, then your best bet is to pull over and face the consequences of your actions like an adult. It is true, after all, that you committed the crime. And who knows, maybe a kind word with the officer will get you off with a warning. But it’s a guarantee that if you run, you’ll be shown no mercy in the event you’re caught.
Our thoughts go out both to the downed rider and his passenger. The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw beg our readers to please, ride safely on the streets and look out not just for yourself, but for others as well.