February 21, 2014
A rider and native San Francisco resident was killed in a late night crash on the 101.
Joshua Epple was riding on the 10th St on-ramp to HWY-101 when, for reasons unknown currently under investigation, he lost control of his motorcycle.
Epple continued to collide with the guardrail, which ejected him off his motorcycle and down into a car parking lot about ten yards below. The impact caused the fatal injuries which Epple succumbed to.
Epple was the owner of a long-standing butcher shop in Noe Valley, which has been in business since 1889. Drewes Meats was popular among San Franciscans who place high values on reputation and independently-owned establishments, and for good reason. In the years that Drewes Meats was under his ownership Epple built a rapport with his customer-base which truly shows in the comments left on the news article pages reporting this story (SFGate, SF Examiner, SF Appeal).
When it comes to crashes like this one we're often forced to speculate details that may never be known. Anything could have happened that caused Mr. Epple to veer into the guardrail, from an animal crossing the road to debris that he was avoiding. To the family, friends and community affected by this tragedy, the San Francisco motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our sincerest condolences. Please riders, be safe out on the roads.