January 12, 2015
A man was killed in a motorcycle accident which took place in the California desert last week.
The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Donald Wing of Chandler, Arizona. He was riding his Honda motorcycle at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area last Sunday when the incident occurred.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Wing crested a very steep dune at such a speed that he overshot the backside and landed on flat ground.
Though his speed is unknown, upon impact the forks of his bike collapsed. It is also unknown whether he was ejected from the motorcycle, or if he intentionally separated himself from the bike in the air (a common and generally effective 'last-ditch effort' in such a situation).
Despite wearing head and body protection, the major trauma suffered during the incident proved fatal. Tragically, he died on-scene.
The group he was riding with came upon him following the crash and immediately called 911. They attempted life-saving CPR but unfortunately their attempts failed.
The CHP says that neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected factors in this incident, with the precise cause still under investigation.
As a lifelong off-roader, I'm all too aware of how easy it is to end up in this type of situation. Generally, we ride away with a sense of a having just edged by fate, along with a story for others which will never quite do the situation justice.
It's a tragic and heart-wrenching reality that for Donald Wing, this wasn't one of those times.
The San Bernardino motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest, most heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of Donald Wing.
We beg you riders to please, look after yourselves while out on your bikes and come home safely to your loved-ones.