Motorcyclists must be keenly aware of the dangers they face while riding more than any other motorist on the road. Even though motorcycles are often quicker and more agile than other vehicles, riders and passengers can be easily caught in an accident. Not only are bikers exposed to more hazards like weather conditions or debris but often those who are driving other kinds of vehicles might not see them, often leading to tragic results.
Just such a tragic crash happened Tuesday, March 5th in La Jolla. Patch.com reported on a 32-year-old motorcyclist who was killed that morning at approximately 7:55 a.m.
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Sgt. Michael Stirk with the San Diego Police Department said in a statement that the accident happened on Gilman Drive within the 8700 block when the motorcyclist rode his 1999 Triumph in the bicycle lane and struck a 2004 Toyota Highlander as it was making a right-hand turn across the bicycle lane and into a driveway.
The motorcyclist was then transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where he later died. His identity had not been released at the time of the report, pending notification of family.
According to Sgt. Stirk the driver remained at the scene of the fatal crash and cooperated with police. Authorities did not release the driver’s identity and did not say if any citations were issued in connection with the accident.