A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle at a Vista intersection. The accident occurred around 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Specialty Drive and Poinsettia Avenue. The 30-year-old man riding the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene, Gonzalez said. His name was withheld pending family notification. The driver of the other vehicle, a man believed to be in his 50s, and his wife were uninjured in the crash and stayed at the scene, it’s believed that intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash. The San Diego motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the rider affected by this tragedy. We beg all our readers to please, stay safe and look out for yourselves and others while on the roadways.
After the past few weeks of rain and some high winds, trees in FallBrook, Ca have been toppled over causing road blocks and some serious injuries to a fellow Motorcyclist. It was around 2:00pm, when a motorcyclist was riding near West Elder Street and South Mission Road got struck by a fallen tree causing serious injuries. The rider was airlifted to Palomar Hospital for treatment. There was 2 other incidents with reports of fallen trees in North County. The San Diego Motorcycle Lawyers wish the Rider and speedy recovery and hope he is back on twos fast.
The Morning of March 5th, on a busy intersection in La Jolla, a 32-year-old man was hit by an SUV. The Motorcyclist was riding his 1999 Triumph to the north alongside a sidewalk in the bicycle lane passing slower moving traffic when the Toyota Highlander turned into a driveway directly in his path. Medics took him to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where he was pronounced dead. It’s always important to stay alert during morning commutes no matter how familiar the road is. When lane splitting and in heavy traffic its always best to make sure you have your fingers over your break lever and foot over the rear break for faster reaction times. Our hearts go out to this fallen rider and his family. The San Diego Motorcyclist Lawyers at RiderzLaw remind everyone to stay safe and ride responsibly.
June 17, 2015 A young man was killed last Sunday in a motorcycle accident that occurred in Borrego Springs, San Diego. The incident took place around mile marker 13.5 on Montezuma Rd around 12:40 pm. The rider has been identified as 27-year-old Oceanside resident Shane Sluss. The motorcycle failed to complete a turn and veered off the road, at which point Sluss went into an embankment and was ejected from his bike. Friends of Sluss were on-scene during the incident and attempted to perform CPR. According to officials he remained unresponsive, and was declared dead on-scene. It’s said that there were no other vehicles involved, and it was determined that neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the incident, which remains under investigation. Going on a weekend ride with friends can be one of the most enjoyable experiences of being a rider. It can be in these situations however, with other riders present and sometimes serving as a distraction,
June 2, 2015 Riders, family, friends and Navy personnel have all been mourning the death of Chief Petty Officer Zach Buob, who was killed last week in an accident alleged to have been caused by a San Diego woman. 25-year-old Darla Jackson of Imperial Beach is facing murder charges after what witnesses say was a fit of road rage which led her to rear-ending and running over the 39-year-old Navy man. The two were traveling down the I-5 near SR-54 in National City when the incident took place. Witness accounts describe Buob riding next to Jackson shaking his head and making motions that he was displeased by her behavior on the road. Witnesses say Jackson then attempted to sideswipe Buob, at which point he kicked her Nissan Altima and sped up in front of her car. At that point Jackson began following Buob, tailgating him. What happened next, investigators say, is Jackson rear-ended Buob’s Ducati, who then lost control and
December 10, 2014 A retired police officer from the San Diego Police Department was injured during a funeral procession on Monday in the Mountain View area. According to officials, the incident occurred at the intersection of Imperial Ave and South 45th St at about 1 pm. Witnesses say his role during the procession was to direct traffic. Officer Humberto Hernandez stated that immediately after the crash the driver exited his sedan and ran south away from the scene. At the time of writing this report, he still had remained on the run. Responding medical professionals transported the downed rider to the hospital. He is reported to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries to the arm, back and head. In cases like these, the reality of a motorcyclists visibility on the road becomes frighteningly apparent. When a police officer working traffic direction detail, most likely with lights flashing and in the presence of other officers gets hit, we have to call into question
January 13, 2014 Officials say that a police officer was hit by a motorist while conducting a routine traffic stop, sustaining minor injuries. The incident occurred in Escondido at approximately 10:30 am yesterday morning. Witnesses described the officer as in the process of making a traffic stop with his lights and siren blaring when a Honda sedan sideswiped the officer after changing lanes. The victim has been identified as a 15-year veteran of the force, Mike Nelson. He was transported to Palomar Medical Center with injuries being described as minor to his feet, legs and chest. The driver of the sedan has been identified as 29-year-old Sean Whitaker. He did not sustain any injuries, and was cited for lacking insurance. Officials say that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. If you witnessed this incident and believe you have information that can help in this investigation, you’re encouraged to contact the Traffic Division at (760)839-4482 or
November 19, 2014 Police say that a rider was killed last Friday in a collision that involved an SUV in the Mount Hope area of San Diego. The motorcyclist has been identified only as a 25-year-old man. He was riding eastbound on Market Street when just before 5:30 pm and near the 3800 block the crash occurred. Ben Newton of the San Diego police force says that the driver of the SUV, a 36-year-old male, pulled his SUV into the path of the motorcycle while exiting the Mount Hope Cemetery. Though the SUV driver made a last ditch effort to avoid the motorcyclist, the collision was unavoidable, with the rider striking the side of the vehicle. Responding officials pronounced the rider, whose name was not released, dead on-scene. Common as they may be, intersections and driveways pose incredible statistical danger to riders. Over 50% of the accidents that we see come through our doors are from vehicles turning left in
October 7, 2014 Seven friends went riding on Sunday morning, but only two went home on their bikes. Navid Zamani, a 25-year-old San Diego resident, was among the group of friends riding on SR-94. His fate was a familiar one, when a 24-year-old Santee resident turned left in front of the riders, wielding an unavoidably large GMC pickup truck. Navid smashed into the front of the pickup. The dramatic scene following the collision can be seen in the incredible photos posted to NBC San Diego here. His 2010 Ducati became engulfed in flames. One of his friends held his head as emergency responders cared for him. This friend was allegedly dragged away, thrown to the dirt and handcuffed by police. Three of the others, likely in a state of shock and attempting to deal with the scene, rode their motorcycles in a way that upset the police on-scene, who proceeded to stop and handcuff them as well. The police say
At around 6:40 pm Saturday evening, a 49-year-old motorcyclist was broadsided by an SUV after the biker ran a stop sign in the Rolando, San Diego county area. According to Officer David Stafford, the incident occurred while the biker was riding south on 69th street. After failing to stop completely at the Amherst st intersection, the collision occurred. As a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, the rider would pass away on the scene. There is a stigma amongst bikers against SUV drivers, and to a greater extent inattentive drivers in general. However sometimes we don’t acknowledge our own behavior as riders as being problematic and causing issues with others on the road. This case goes to show that it really only takes one blown stop sign to end it all. As motorcycle accident lawyers we hate to see cases like this, where a slight mishap, such as failling to make a full stop at a stop sign,
An off-duty San Diego police officer was hospitalized Monday with a partially severed leg and broken arm after he collided with a teenage student driver while riding his motorcycle in Alpine. He was identified as detective James “Chappie” Hunter, a 19-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, currently assigned to the department’s sex crimes unit. The crash happened Sunday around 7 p.m. on Alpine Boulevard in Alpine. The CHP says a 17-year-old girl, driving with a permit, made an abrupt turn in front of the officer riding on a motorcycle, resulting in the crash. Part of the off-duty officer’s leg was severed and he also suffered a broken arm. But he was conscious and alert as he was airlifted to Sharp Hospital. A witness described the horrific scene: “We saw the guy laying on the ground. I thought he was dead, but he wasn’t. I mean but his leg was completely in a wrong, a different spot than he
September 19, 2013 A San Diego resident has been killed when his Harley Davidson motorcycle was involved in a collision with a Chevy pickup truck 42-year-old Jason Lee Hansen was riding down the 8400-block of Miramar Rd in front of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum when the pickup crossed into his lane. Hansen was not able to avoid a collision with the truck, and was later pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. He leaves behind a wife and daughters, according to a medical examiner’s report. The investigation regarding the accident is still ongoing. This is the accident that riders fear most. Riding safely and aware, not breaking any laws, and having a vehicle break from their path or make an illegal gesture and cause a collision. Hansen is the victim here of a random tragedy, and there was little to be done to avoid it. The San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest condolences
September 19, 2013 One of our servicemen has been killed in a motorcycle crash on the Interstate-15 near the ramp for the Interstate-8, according to the California Highway Patrol. Robert Michael Campbell of El Cajon was riding his Suzuki when he rear-ended an Acura slowing for traffic. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Campbell was taken to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries in the Emergency Room. Campbell is survived by his wife. No details as to his position in the military were released. Often times during approaching traffic, the abrupt slowing of vehicles can cause huge issues for motorcycle riders who are caught off-guard. Being forced to split their attention amongst so many different tasks, the unpredictability of road conditions can leave riders heading into unavoidable situations. Our deepest condolences go out to the fallen rider, his wife and all those whom will be affected by this accident. Please stay safe on the roadways riders.
August 7, 2014 A man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a parked car last Friday in the city of Santee. Witnesses were quick to call the rider “possibly intoxicated” according to an NBC San Diego article. Deputies from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department were already on-scene investigating a reports of a motorcyclist “riding fast” on Carlton Hills Blvd just after 5:30 pm. Before deputies were able to stop the motorcycle the rider struck a parked vehicle, was ejected from his bike, hit a telephone pole and ultimately came to a rest in the street. The bike was traveling at such a speed that following the collision it continued down the road, finally wedging itself beneath a parked car. The rider was pronounced dead on-scene by officials. The accident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s department, who agree with witnesses in their belief that the rider was under the influence of alcohol at the time. As San Diego motorcycle
According to a police sergeant on Sunday, a rider was found on the ground next to his bike near the Arrowood Gold Course in Oceanside. Oceanside police Sgt. Gabe Jimenez said he was found after the crash around 1:25 pm Saturday near the 1000 block of Village Drive. The downed rider was assisted by bystanders and fire personnel, but succumbed to his injuries on scene. Although the investigation is ongoing, Jimenez says that it appears the rider veered off the road, striking a fence. Investigators were working to determine if speed was a factor in the accident. Sgt. Jimenez asks that anyone with information regarding the accident to call an accident investigator at (760) 435-4624. Most of us know what it’s like to be surprised by the behavior of our motorcycle while riding. No matter how familiar we are with a stretch of road and our bike, it happens that occasionally a single differing variable will cause an unexpected change
June 3, 2014 PALOMAR MOUNTAIN, California – A motorcycle rider was killed on Palomar Mountain over the weekend. It was just after midnight on Sunday when a 55-year-old Oceanside resident on a 2011 Triumph was killed near a campground on Palomar Mountain. While riding north on South Grade Road (north of SR-76), the rider attempted to pass a vehicle by merging into the oncoming lane (a common riding practice). According to California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt, the rider did not realize that the vehicle he was passing, a 2004 Toyota Corolla, was making a left hand turn into the Oak Knoll Campground located at 31718 South Grade Road. Bettencourt says that as the 45-year-driver of the Corolla began turning, the motorcyclist struck the left side of the vehicle. He was thrown to the roadway and slid beneath the car. He was later pronounced dead on-scene. Neither the female driver of the Corolla nor her passenger were injured during the
San Diego Medical Examiner Officials have identified a man killed in a Pacific Beach motorcycle accident last Sunday. The victim,39-year-old Matthew J. Dunn, was traveling west on Garnet Avenue riding his 1999 Ducati. According to officials, at approximately 3:35 pm, an Acura TSX turned left in front of him, near Bond Street. Dunn was unable to avoid collision with the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 4:17 pm from blunt force trauma. The incident is under investigation by the San Diego police. It’s common knowledge among riders, that the greatest danger posed to us on the road is by the cagers we share them with. It happens that often times we can become invisible to drivers, exacerbated by apathy on their behalf towards riders. Unfortunately for Matthew Dunn, he was the victim of exactly this situation. The San Diego motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy.
March 27, 2014 A motorcycle rider ran into a trolley last Saturday night while allegedly evading police. The incident occurred around 5 p.m. in Santee. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department stated that while attempting to stop the motorcycle for a traffic violation, the rider sped off. Within a matter of seconds, the rider crashed into a Green Line trolley at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and Cuyamaca Street. News sources say the rider does not have any life-threatening injuries. Apparently the Metropolitan Transit System was shuttling passengers between Gillepsie and Santee to bypass the line affected by the crash. Of course as responsible riders we never encourage evasion of police. Sometimes it’s an easy thought that we can outrun any 4-wheeled vehicle on the road, but clearly that isn’t universally the case. Additionally, such conduct reflects poorly on the riding community as a whole. With that said, we stand by our fellow riders, and for this reason the San
A motorcyclist has died after he slammed into the side of the mountain on State Route 78, sending him sliding across the highway and falling off the road. According to San Diego Police officer Dino Delimitros, the accident happened just before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday in the 18000 block of San Pasqual Road. Delimitros stated that “a 60-year-old man on a motorcycle lost control, hit the side of a mountain and bounced off of it, then went across lanes of traffic ending up on the other side of the road in a field of cactus…He died on the scene.” A SigAlert was issued for about 2 hours as a result of the accident. With details as minimal as those provided it’s difficult to understand what went wrong to cause this accident. With that said, the San Diego motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw urge our readers to always use caution when riding through mountainous roads, whether familiar with them or
March 22, 2014 Image courtesy of NBC 7 San Diego A motorcycle rider was killed after being run over by a car Monday afternoon. The accident occurred near Naval Base San Diego just after noon. Apparently the man was riding his motorcycle north on Harbor Drive when he lost control of his motorcycle. According to officials, the rider was thrown from the bike and directly into the path of an oncoming SUV. Sgt. Brandy Sorbie of the San Diego Police Department stated that “they tried to avoid hitting him, but there was nothing they could do. He was coming at them at a pretty good speed.” There is no indication that alcohol was involved in the accident, and it is not expected that the driver of the SUV will face charges. The incident led to the partial closure of Harbor Drive during the police investigation into the incident. Incidents like this remind us that we need to take care of
A 43 year-old Imperial Beach rider was killed in a single vehicle accident on Friday. It appears that at approximately 6:15 am while exiting the I-5 at E Street, the rider took the turn faster than his 2008 CBR1000 could handle. The rider, identified as Darnell Adams, was thrown from his bike following collision, and would not survive his injuries. According to the San Diego Coroner’s Examiner, Darnell was a widowed man living with his family. Most of us can empathize with what occurred here. Early in the morning, maybe headed to work, we’re not exactly on our ‘A’ game. Usually we catch ourselves but sometimes our environment has a way of catching up with us and in this case the result was a loss of life. The San Diego Accident Lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish the best for the family of Darnell during this time, and remind our readers to always ride beneath the limitations of their equipment.
February 21, 2014 A San Diego resident pulled in front of an oncoming motorcycle sending both rider and passenger to the hospital. The accident happened Monday around 1 pm in Palm Springs. 27-year-old Kelli Lyn Mihos was driving her 2002 Mini Cooper along Ramon Road. She proceeded to turn left onto Calle Abronia in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Both the 26-year-old male rider and 21-year-old female passenger were ejected from the bike. They each suffered major but non-life-threatening injuries. The Palm Springs Police report that their lives are not in danger. Additional to the motorcyclists’ injuries, the passenger in Mihos’ car was moderately injured. Mihos suffered the most minor injuries of all, but despite this she along with her passenger and the riders were all taken to Desert Regional Medical Center. Following Mihos was arrested for suspicion of DUI and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. Too often, when drivers get behind the wheel while
February 4, 2014 A motorcyclist was killed last Friday when he T-boned a car in North Park. The accident occurred while the driver of the Cadillac and rider were traveling opposite directions on University Avenue. The car made a turn onto Granada Avenue, directly into the motorcycle’s path. The biker was unable to avert collision. The deceased rider, identified as 32-year-old Seamus O’Bryan, worked as a stage and prop manager at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater. At the time of the crash a 31-year-old friend was also riding on the back of the motorcycle. He was rushed to the hospital for various injuries and is not in life-threatening condition. Initial reports described a white four-door Cadillac as the offending vehicle, but official search reports now describe the vehicle as a white 2-door Cadillac El Dorado ETC between model year 1998-2000. The vehicle will likely have passenger side damage to the car from the front bumper to the door. Unfortunately the
January 23, 2014 A man was killed last weekend in an accident that has prompted many to question the safety of El Cajon streets. According to officials 32-year-old Christopher Reyes was headed westbound on Washington Street at the time of the incident. At the intersection of Van Houten Avenue around 6:00 am Sunday, a Chrysler PT Cruiser turned left directly into the path of Reyes. Collision was inevitable. Reyes struck the passenger side of the car. He was ejected onto the street, and died of his injuries on-scene. The driver of the Chrysler was uninjured. Many family, friends and members of the community have reached out to offer their thoughts on the incident. Some believe that the city should step in to improve the safety of Washington Street due to frequent accidents. An SDSU student pointed out that the streets of El Cajon at large are poorly lit and an extreme safety hazard. El Cajon Harley Davidson held a charity
January 23, 2014 A police investigation is under way as officials look for a lowered, white Honda Civic hatchback missing a mirror and with driver side door damage between the model years 2001 and 2004. Last Wednesday a motorcyclist was riding on Mercy Road around 6:00 am near the I-15 when the Honda Civic ran through a red light and into the Scripps Poway Parkway intersection. The rider has been identified as a 33-year-old man, and sustained a minor head injury and a fractured right leg. Officials report that the Civic was just exiting the northbound I-15 moments before the crash. Following the collision, the drive of the Civic entered back onto the northbound I-15. Witnesses say that the Civic possibly had tinted windows, dark wheels and a roof rack. Officials are offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to the identification of the culprit. Anyone with information should call the San Diego Police Department Traffic Division at 858-495-7800,
January 20, 2014 A crash on the I-805 left a San Diego man dead in North Park. 21-year-old Jaron Tinsley, a logistics specialist working on the San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, was the victim of the accident. According to reports by the California Highway Patrol and military officials the incident occurred just before 4pm last Tuesday. While approaching stopped traffic near Landis Street, Tinsley lost control of his 2000 Yamaha R6 and crashed. After falling onto the highway Tinsley was run over by a large truck. The Medical Examiner Office says that Tinsley died on-scene of his injuries. It’s not often that we lose control of our motorcycles, but when it does happen the potential for tragedy is always a strong one, as was the case in this incident. As riders we must be prepared at all times to guard ourselves against other traffic, but on the same token we must be aware of our speeds relative to
January 10, 2013 A 22-year-old service-member was killed yesterday in an accident that left his motorcycle engulfed in flames and pinned under a sedan. The collision occurred just after 4:00 pm on the I-8 near Mission Valley. After the collision a fuel leak caused a fire which destroyed both the Suzuki motorcycle and the sedan on top of it. The flames raged on despite bystanders attempts to put out the fire using hand fire extinguishers. Despite bystanders performing CPR on-scene, the rider was pronounced dead. The driver of the sedan, a 53-year-old Chula Vista woman, was uninjured. Police investigators note that the motorcycle was traveling at approximately 100 mph at the time of the collision, which occurred as the rider was attempting to merge onto the I-805 from the I-8. According to CHP Sergeant Jack Mears, “He came upon slower traffic. He was unable to stop in time.” He added that lane-splitting among riders in San Diego is a common
December 28, 2013 A 20-year-old rider was fatally injured during a crash near the Stockton neighborhood on December 25. According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred on Route 94 just before 2:00 pm on Wednesday. The rider was transitioning onto the Interstate-15. Authorities say that the young man, who is from Coronado, was run over by a pickup truck after he crashed on the freeway. He was riding a 2013 Ducati Monster at the time of the crash. His name has not been released. A bystander says they saw the rider entering the ramp, which has a 30 mph speed limit, at approximately 60 mph. The rider braked midway through the ramp, which apparently locked up his rear tire and sent him sliding into a concrete barrier. After colliding with the barrier the rider was ejected from the bike and onto Route 94, at which time a full-size Nissan Titan pickup truck hit him. It doesn’t matter what
The crashed occurred at the 3500 block of Midway Dr December 20, 2013 An accident involving a motorcycle and a passenger car caused the female passenger on the bike to be thrown off. San Diego Police say that the crash happened just before 2:00 pm on Midway Drive between Sports Arena Blvd and Rosecrans St. After being ejected from the bike the female passenger was rushed to the hospital with head injuries. The crash caused a SigAlert to be issued during the investigation and subsequent clean-up. The SigAlert was lifted approximately an hour later at 3:10 pm. Although the details of this accident are not exactly clear, statistics would indicate that most likely this was an incident of a car pulling in front of the rider causing the collision. During inter-city riding these situations are highly unpredictable given the frequency with which we as riders are around vehicles latently awaiting a clearing to pull into the road. It’s times like
Courtesy of San Diego 6 News December 20, 2013 A San Diego rider is in the hospital following a crash with a car in Santee just before noon on Tuesday. The incident occurred when the driver of a white compact car decided to make a left turn from a parking lot right in front of an oncoming rider on Mission Gorge Road. The driver says that she did not see the motorcycle coming. Fortunately for the visually-destitute driver she was uninjured. The rider however was not so lucky, being rushed to Sharp Hospital with severe injuries. According to police, neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have played any role in the accident. If you have read our page about motorcycle accident statistics, you’ll know that about one quarter of all fatal motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers making a left turn in front of a rider. The truth is that motorcycles have a much smaller profile than other vehicles
October 8, 2013 A 31-year-old motorcycle rider was seriously, though not critically injured yesterday in Logan Heights when he crashed his Yamaha motorcycle into a Chevy Camaro. The accident occurred on the northbound side of the I-5 near the Coronado Bridge at around 9 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Fortunately for the rider, it was his bike and not himself that was dragged by the car for about 200 yards down the tarmac. The heat generated caused both the motorcycle and the car to burst into flames, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Fire crews soon arrived on-scene and extinguished the flames. The motorcyclist was taken to UCSD Medical Center for injuries that are said to be serious though not life-threatening. The driver of the Camaro was not injured, and traffic, which was blocked temporarily, resumed again around 10:30 a.m. Unfortunately we have not been provided the details of this incident and how they transpired. We can