August 7, 2015 A Fremont motorcyclist was killed in a HWY-101 motorcycle crash in Mountain View yesterday morning. The incident occurred just before 9 am and resulted in the closure of three northbound lanes. The 24-year-old rider was killed when his motorcycle collided with a dump truck just north of Ellis Street. The unidentified young man was on a 2009 Suzuki, and was pronounced dead on-scene. Lanes remained shut until around 11:30 am. The dump truck driver, who was uninjured, is said to have been cooperative during the investigation. Reports made no mention of charges being pressed against the truck driver. We have all been surprised by the haste in which the enormous, lumbering vehicles on our roads decide and execute maneuvers. It is all too often that riders aren’t able to avoid disaster. We don’t know the details of this particular incident, but it is a reminder of dangers which always surround us as riders. The Bay Area motorcycle lawyers
July 25, 2015 A collision between five riders just following the start of a World Superbike race at Laguna Seca, located in Salinas, California, found two racers killed from Spain. The incident occurred within seconds of the start of the race when the collision incited a chain reaction among the five involved. Videos show the riders being flung into the dirt and through the air. The riders killed have been identified as 35-year-old Bernat Martinez of Alberic and 27-year-old Daniel Rivas of Moana Galicia. By all appearances the crash is described as an accident, with no external investigations by law enforcement or otherwise being conducted. Instead, an investigation will be conducted by track administrators. Paul Carruthers, spokesperson for MotoAmerica, said the track was dry and in good condition for the race. According to Carruthers, “If there’s an issue with the track, we don’t hold the race.” Following the incident there has been an outpouring of support and sympathies. Wayne Rainey, president
July 10, 2015 The California Highway Patrol is on the lookout for a motorcycle hit-and-run suspect that left a Palo Alto motorcyclist to die on Hwy-880. Just after 9:00 pm last Satuday night, the CHP received word of the rider lying in the northbound lanes of Hwy-880 near Hwy-237. After arriving on-scene, emergency responders found the already deceased victim. The proceeded to close four lanes of traffic in order to collect evidence. They said that a passing motorist had already relocated the motorcycle out of traffic. CHP officials believe the vehicle involved in the incident was a newer Dodge Challenger or Charger. The identity of the victim was withheld pending next of kin notification. With no details as to the specific events of this incident, any attempt at placing blame would be entirely speculative. Instead, the best we can do is use this case as a reminder that we as motorcycle riders are some of the most vulnerable potential victims
July 4, 2015 An accident involving a motorcyclist and two pedestrians has resulted in life-threatening injuries for one victim. The incident occurred at the intersection of Market Street and Third Street in San Francisco. Just after 9:00 pm on Wednesday July 1, the rider was seen “speeding” down Market. As he approached the pedestrians, the rider was unable to avoid collision. Grace Gatpadan of the San Francisco Police Department reported that the rider lost control of his motorcycle, hitting one pedestrian already in the crosswalk, and another who was still on the curbside. All three were rushed to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries. One of the pedestrians sustained what are being referred to as life-threatening injuries, while the other had less severe lacerations to the head. The identity of the rider was undisclosed, and his condition remains unknown. The incident is under investigation for fault. Anyone who is familiar with San Francisco probably knows that motorist and pedestrian traffic
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
December 11, 2014 Authorities say that a motorcycle-riding California Highway Patrol officer was seriously injured Thursday night when a car struck him after running a red light. The incident occurred while the officer was exiting from the northbound HWY-101 in Sunnyvale. The patrolman, who was riding alongside another officer at the time, was proceeding through the intersection on a “steady green light” when a Honda traveling northbound on Lawrence Expressway failed to stop at the intersection. Upon impact, the officer was ejected from his motorcycle. Emergency responders rushed the officer to the hospital with injuries that are being described as major but non-life-threatening. Officials with the CHP have said that the officer is expected to survive the collision, and that the driver who ran the red-light will be cited for the infraction (but nothing more). The victim of the crash is described as a veteran of the force whom works out of the West Sacramento California Highway Patrol office. They
December 19, 2014 A rider was killed while allegedly evading arrest from California Highway Patrol officers on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The victim of the incident has been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner’s office as 20-year-old Joseph Lilly, a resident of San Leandro. The alleged sequence of events according to Officer Vu Williams of the CHP are as follows: An officer spotted Lilly traveling through a toll booth on the bridge just after 1 pm on Tuesday. Williams says that the officer attempted to stop the rider after noticing he was speeding and did not have a rear license plate. Lilly failed to yield, traveling westbound on HWY-80 and taking the Harrison Street off-ramp at which point he turned around a re-entered the bridge eastbound. The officer continued following Lilly but lost him after he exited to Treasure Island. Minutes later, Lilly was spotted by two other officers near the main gate of Treasure Island. He then
October 21, 2014 A Campbell resident was killed when his motorcycle rear-ended a car during heavy traffic in the Bay Area. The incident occurred shortly after 11:00 am Thursday morning on the northbound Highway 85. Reports say that 62-year-old Gene Baughman was riding at an unknown speed on his 2012 Honda. As traffic began to stop, Baughman had difficulty slowing his motorcycle in time. The Honda motorcycle collided with a 2005 Toyota minivan driven by 65-year-old Cupertino resident Robert Ziegler, Jr just south of Highway 82. Officials say that the severe injuries Baughman suffered in the crash led to his death at Stanford Hospital, after being rushed there by emergency workers. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, with the California Highway Patrol already stating that neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the incident. Any witnesses to the crash are being asked to contact CHP Officer Marc Thomas at (650)369-6261. Possibly the most troubling factor in tragedies such as
November 5, 2014 An officer with the California Highway Patrol was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a civilian vehicle. The incident occurred in north Oakland around 10:10 am near the intersection of West MacArthur Blvd and Martin Luther King, Jr Way. While the officer was heading west on MacArthur Blvd, a Nissan Maxima was heading east at the same time. The Maxima then made a left-hand turn at a green light onto Martin Luther King, Jr Way. It was at this point that the collision occurred. Upon impact with the Maxima, the police officer was ejected from his motorcycle and onto the pavement. A nearby business owner and eyewitness says that the officer stoop up, but immediately walked to the curb in what appeared to be a daze. The officer was identified as a 17-year-veteran of the department. He sustained what are being described as serious but not life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Maxima is being desdescribed
November 6, 2014 A crash involving as many as six motorcycles in Elk Grove on the I-5 two weeks ago has left three riders injured, one of them seriously. The incident occurred Saturday, October 25 at around 2 pm, and involved what fire department officials referred to as a “large contingent of a motorcycle club.” Police were quick to detail the group of riders who went as having been “riding…on the wild side.” Witness Tony Castro, commenting on the ABC News 10 website, says otherwise: “I was exactly 5 car lengths back from this pack…at no time were they wild. They never switched out of the left lane or split lanes. We stopped when the accident happened and helped however we could….Amazing how a CHP officer who wasn’t there and “witnesses” have one story but the truth doesn’t match what I witnessed.” What Mr. Castro has pointed out is an unfortunate truth that many riders face in accidents. Police and
October 14, 2014 A police officer was left unscathed after a vehicle from Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade collided with his bike last week. The incident occurred October 8th as Biden was leaving the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco. Officer Albie Esparza, spokesman for the SFPD, identified the driver of the van as a 25-year-old woman. “The van was coming out of the [hotel] garage onto California Street where the van’s front right side made contact with the police motorcycle on the left side, which a sergeant was on.” Although the driver was put at fault for the accident, she was not cited. Amidst the recent controversies being overcome by the Secret Service, a spokesman says it was determined that this accident would not initiate any protocol changes for motorcades. It certainly is not the first time that presidential or vice presidential motorcades have been involved in accidents. In many ways, it’s simply a numbers game, that given
November 13, 2013 OAKLAND — Two separate motorists were arrested in connection to the death of a motorcycle rider caused by a multi-vehicle incident in East Oakland this past Sunday. The rider, Jose Alfredo Curiel of San Lorenzo, was riding his Harley Davidson at the time of the accident. The drivers have both been charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The arrested drivers included Antonio Flores who was driving a Dodge Magnum and, following the crash, fled the scene. The second driver was Angel Solorzano who was driving a Ford Ranger which, following the collision erupted into flames. Curiel was pronounced dead on-scene, and no other drivers were reported to have sustained injuries. A tragedy such as this always arouses the worst feelings among riders. When such a preventable incident takes the life of one of our own, it’s difficult not to feel anger towards those who had the opportunity to do so and instead drove intoxicated on the
October 23, 2013 Traffic on the Bay Bridge backed up for miles Traffic on the Bay Bridge ground to a halt following an accident that blocked two lanes of San Francisco bound traffic Tuesday morning, according the California Highway Patrol. The incident was reported on the I-80 at the incline of the Bay Bridge just before 7:00 am, a time when rush hour traffic is beginning to peak. The incident prompted CHP to issue a SigAlert by 6:54 am. Neither the extent of the injuries, nor the number of vehicles involved has been released. Heavy traffic on the bridge was exacerbated by a two-hour delay on the BART system, the railway that connects San Francisco with the rest of the Bay Area, including Oakland and Berkeley. The delays prompted many commuters who would normally take public transportation, to instead opt for driving their car to work in San Francisco. Officials worked quickly to clear the scene by 7:30 am, but
September 25, 2013 New video has been released regarding an incident that occurred in June, when an intoxicated fire truck driver identified as 43-year-old Michael Quinn, clipped a motorcycle rider while driving through a San Francisco intersection. The video shows 5th street running left-to-right, with the motorcycle rider approaching on Howard. According to fire department rules, the driver must have control of the intersection before continuing through it. In this event, that was not the case. The collision with the firetruck sent the rider spinning across the intersection and into a fire hydrant. The rider, identified as 50-year-old Jack Frazier of Daly City, has since hired an attorney to pursue a case against the department. Regarding Frazier’s injuries, his attorney says “He remains in a wheelchair. He stills faces at least one more surgery, and it’s unlikely that he will ever fully recover from his injuries. Mr. Frazier is cooperating with the District Attorney’s Office.” ABC7 News reports that the
A crash that occurred just before 3 a.m. on Tuesday has killed one and left another injured. The two men, both in their early twenties, were riding together at a high rate of speed west on 26th Ave in Sioux Falls when they blew through the Kiwanis intersection and hit a chain-link fence. According to Lt. Jerome Miller, “They were unable to get stopped or negotiate the curve, lost control, went down (the hill) and the driver struck his head on the curb.” He added that “Neither one of them had helmets on or were wearing any other safety equipment…I’ve been to a number of them in my life, that I’m pretty convinced, based on the injuries that I’ve seen, they would have survived if they had been wearing safety equipment.” The driver was from out of state and pronounced dead on the scene. The rider was a Sioux Falls resident and transported to the hospital with injuries. Neither were
Longtime corporate chef for Facebook and Google, Josef Desimone, died Monday morning in a motorcycle accident. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Josef a “legend and institution” at Facebook, having joined the team in 2008. “[He] built our culinary team from a handful of employees in a single cafe into a global team with dozens of world class restaurants” all housed within Facebook’s offices around the world. Zuckerberg added that “Josef played an incredibly important role in defining our culture during those first years and right up to the present.” The 44-year-old Desimone was heavily involved in volunteer and non-profit groups, Zuckerberg stated that “Almost every weekend, he was volunteering with veterans organizations, hosting firefighter breakfasts or supporting some other valuable cause”. Details of the accident were not released. More than 200 Facebook employees and friends of Desimone commented on Zuckerberg’s post to add their condolences and memories of Josef. For one reason or another, riders tend to often be highly
A male motorcycle rider was killed at the intersection of Fernandez Drive and Ragland road when he lost control of his bike and crashed. The Raleigh County Sheriff’s office named 26 year-old Jerry Walon of Ghent as the victim of the incident. Cited as contributing to Walon’s death was his lack of helmet and having been speeding at the time. The were no other vehicles reported to have been involved in the accident. The San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw recommend all bikers to obey the speed limits and wear helmets while riding–especially when required by law. In this scenario we can do hardly more than offer our condolences to those acquainted with Walon, and ask our readers to take this story to heart, in that any ride, no matter how short, can have permanent consequences. As awlways, ride smart and ride safe.
While responding to a call, an on-duty San Francisco firefighter was arrested for hitting a motorcyclist at an intersection over the weekend. Following the collision, Micheael Quinn, a 23 year veteran to the SFFD appeared to flee the scene. Hours later, he returned and was given a breathalyser which read twice the legal limit. The collision occurred with lights and sirens ablaze, so the speculation would be that the fire engine took the corner too closely. Those who know Mr. Quinn express only shock at the news, due to not only his veterancy on the force but also his decorations from saving lives on multiple occasions. Sympathies abound however from reports that Mr. Quinn has had a very difficult year following the loss of both his mother and sister only months apart due to illness. The injured biker was taken to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries. As bikers we tend to assume that authorities have heightened control over their
An accident on the US-101 on June 18 left a motorcycle rider in critical condition. The bike collided with a 36-passenger bus just north of Silver Avenue at around 6:00 am. The rider was initially declared dead on the scene by a responding CHP officer, but was later reported to be alive and in critical condition at the San Francisco General Hospital. The cause of the accident has not been released, however we do know that following, traffic was blocked for two hours while the scene was cleared We at RiderzLaw wish our fellow rider a speedy recovery, and encourage all bikers and drivers alike to look out for each other while navigating our roadways. As San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers we recognize the high potential for incidents involving motorists on our packed streets and all too often hear of the results. Please be safe out there.
May 16, 2014 Mercury News reports that a 47-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon in an accident on Highway-1 in Santa Cruz. The victim has been identified as William Kilday of San Jose. According to Officer Brad Sadek of the California Highway Patrol, Kilday was on a 2006 Harley Davidson Sportster headed south on the Pacific Coast Highway. Just before 4 pm and near the Morrissey Boulevard exit, the driver of 2000 GMC 3500 pickup who was in front of Kilday began to slow for traffic. For reasons still under investigation, Kilday collided with the back of the pickup and was ejected from the bike. Authorities on-scene pronounced Kilday dead. The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as a 49-year-old Watsonville resident. Two of the three lanes of Highway-1 were closed from the time of the accident until approximately 5:30 pm. It’s a dangerous assumption to make, that as motorcycles we’re capable of stopping more quickly than the
March 27, 2014 A U.S. Marine who just returned home after active duty in Afghanistan was killed on Tuesday by a man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The victim was 23-year-old U.S. Marine lance corporal Andrew Silva of Union City, who arrived home just last month. The incident first began to unfold when the suspect, 23-year-old Alexander Yohn of Emeryville, visited a local Taco Bell at around 1 am Tuesday morning. Whilst in the drive-thru Yohn was apparently belligerent. Allegedly while at the window, Yohn first attempted to pay with his health care card, and ultimately left his wallet behind. The employee called the police to prevent Yohn from endangering the lives of others on the road. A local officer attempted to pull Yohn over on Fremont Boulevard, but he failed to yield. Instead, Yohn is alledged to have driven his Mini Cooper first into Silva who happened to be nearby and then into a utility pole,
February 21, 2014 A rider and native San Francisco resident was killed in a late night crash on the 101. Joshua Epple was riding on the 10th St on-ramp to HWY-101 when, for reasons unknown currently under investigation, he lost control of his motorcycle. Epple continued to collide with the guardrail, which ejected him off his motorcycle and down into a car parking lot about ten yards below. The impact caused the fatal injuries which Epple succumbed to. Epple was the owner of a long-standing butcher shop in Noe Valley, which has been in business since 1889. Drewes Meats was popular among San Franciscans who place high values on reputation and independently-owned establishments, and for good reason. In the years that Drewes Meats was under his ownership Epple built a rapport with his customer-base which truly shows in the comments left on the news article pages reporting this story (SFGate, SF Examiner, SF Appeal). When it comes to crashes like
December 12, 2013 The 38-year-old co-host of the HGTV home improvement show “Curb Appeal” has been killed in a motorcycle crash. The incident occurred while Beckwith was riding in San Francisco. Some reports allege that a car side-swiped him, causing his crash and leading to the fatal injuries. Other reports are more tentative, stating that there had been a collision but no direct causation had yet been established. The driver of the car was both uninjured and cooperating with police. Beckwith was the carpenter on Curb Appeal, and had a long history in construction, which became his passion from the time he was a young boy growing up on his father’s farm in Maine. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast along with many other pastimes which included mountain climbing, dancing and boxing. Fatal motorcycle crashes are always hard news to read about. It isn’t whether the victim was a Hollywood star or your average Joe, it’s a tragedy all the
As a service to our clients and readers, the motorcycle accident lawyers at RiderzLaw track motorcycle accidents that occur in the San Francisco Bay Area community. We report on motorcycle accidents as they occur in an effort alert our fellow riders of dangerous intersections or stretches of roadway, or as a warning regarding potential riding hazards. Please click on the link below to see our accident reports. RiderzLaw Accident Reports. As always, ride smart and ride safe. If you’ve had a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at RiderzLaw are here to help, but we mean it when we say this: we hope you never need us.