May 7, 2014
An officer of the San Bernardino Police Department was killed last Thursday in a motorcycle crash.
The officer, who was off-duty at the time, has been identified as 30-year-old Shaun Jarvis. According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred on the 91 freeway westbound at Main St when a car merging into the carpool sideswiped Jarvis as he was riding at about 50 mph.
The impact of the car ejected him from his bike and over the center divider, into eastbound traffic. The CHP says that a red sedan was unable to avoid hitting the officer, who died on-scene.
According to San Bernardino police, Jarvis is survived by his wife and child. Fellow officers recalled Jarvis as being a light-hearted individual.
"It was hard to see him light that, because I do remember him joking in the office." recalled Lt. Rich Lawhead.
At the moment, the CHP is not willing to place fault on any party involved in the incident.
In this story, there is little to do but mourn the death of a man so unnecessarily taken from his friends and family. Apparently the CHP are being particularly tentative in their finger-pointing, but from the perspective of a rider, this scenario sounds all too familiar not to know who is at-fault.
Many drivers fail to see us, it's as simple as that. Whether we were in their blind spot, were traveling faster than them or just plain didn't have the bells, whistles and fireworks necessary for them to recognize our existence, they might as well have been completely blind to the left side of their world.
Unfortunately it is the rider who suffers, and in this case officer Jarvis suffered in the greatest way possible. As riders, the only defense we have from the inattentiveness of drivers on the road is to act as though we are invisible. By doing so you will never find yourself caught off-guard by the absent-minded merging of a car into your lane, or a vehicle ahead of you at an intersection pulling blindly into your path.
The San Bernardino motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest condolences to the affected family and friends of Officer Jarvis, and beg our readers to please ride safely out on the roads.