November 19, 2014
A motorcycle rider ended up between the driver and passenger seats of a 1989 Ford Econoline after colliding with the van in south Orange County.
The incident took place on a Friday night earlier this month. At about 2 am, the motorcyclist was traveling northbound on the I-5 just south of Lake Forest drive when his bike struck the slower moving vehicle.
According to the California Highway Patrol, upon impact the rider was ejected through the rear doors, coming to a stop between the driver and passenger. They have been identified as Mexican nationals Gabriel Anguis and Abelardo Rodriguez of Ensenada, Mexico.
The rider, who survived the crash in critical condition, has been identified as 21-year-old Rider Stark, a resident of Ladera Ranch. He was riding his 2014 Suzuki GSX-R at the time of the accident.
Emergency responders were at first unable to locate the bike or the rider upon arriving at the scene, the former of which because it was in pieces on the roadway and the latter of which because he was inside the vehicle.
Stark was rushed to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with serious injuries while Anguis and Rodriguez were taken to the same facility for minor ones.
The crash remains under investigation – and officials have not yet released any details regarding the state of the rider, driver or passenger during the time leading up to the incident.
Stark is an incredibly lucky young man to have survived this crash which would have surely resulted in the death of many riders in the same situation. The investigation will hopefully bring to light the events which led to this remarkable accident, so it can be avoided in the future. It is very likely that given the circumstances, the brightness and visibility of the van's taillights will have been a factor in the accident, something which all of us have been caught off-guard by at one point or another.
The Orange County motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish a speedy recovery to Rider Stark during this difficult time, as well as to Mr. Anguis and Mr. Abelardo. Please riders, stay safe and look out for yourselves on the roadways.