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 took off back to HWY-80, but crashed on the Oakland/San Francisco option turnoff.
Upon impact, Lilly was ejected from his bike and onto the pavement. Emergency responders rushed him to San Francisco General Hospital, but he later succumbed to his injuries.
We can't know what caused Lilly's failure to yield for CHP officers, and in truth it isn't important. We do know that the life of a young rider has been lost before its time, and that is enough to cause pause for us all. The San Francisco Bay Area motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Joseph Lilly.
We beg you readers to please, ride safely and look out for yourselves on the roadways.