August 1, 2015

The motorcycle riding community lost one of our own Sunday when a rider was killed on the I-5 in a Dana Point motorcycle crash.

Reports say that the rider, identified as 27-year-old Daniel Amezcua of San Clemente, was traveling northbound on the I-5 near Stonehill Dr just after 8 pm when the incident occurred.

Officials with the California Highway Patrol state that Amezcua was splitting lanes on a Suzuki motorcycle when he collided into a crossover SUV. The impact ejected Amezcua from his motorcycle and onto the roadway.

The SUV has been identified as a 2012 Kia Sorrento driven by 29-year-old Pennsylvania resident Jenna Rae Schake.

The CHP release states that medical care was provided by “an off-duty EMT, a physician and a lifeguard…”.

Amezcua was rushed to Mission Hospital, but was pronounced dead at 8:26 pm. CHP officials indicated that Schake was not at-fualt in the incident, and she was neither injured nor cited for anything.

A recent UC Berkeley study indicates that lane-splitting is safe given the speed differential between motorcyclists and traffic does not exceed 15 mph. The findings have led to a draft bill that would solidify in law the conditions in which lane-splitting is acceptable.

These tragedies are all-too-common in the motorcycle riding community. Every week we lose riders needlessly to entirely preventable incidents. The Orange County motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Amezcua.

We beg all of our readers, whether you ride or drive, to please be safe and look out for others on the roads.