Unsavory Road Conditions May Have Contributed To A Motorist’s Death In A Fatal Accident

A motorcyclist was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Chatsworth earlier this month. Authorities say that wet pavement may have played a role in the fatal crash.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported on its website that the accident happened on Tuesday, March 10th, just after 9:30 P.M. at the intersection of Devonshire Street and Mason Avenue. 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s s spokesperson, Sgt. Kurt Smith, the motorcyclist, was attempting to make a left turn onto Mason Avenue from the westbound lanes of Devonshire Street when he collided with a Mini Cooper that was heading eastbound.

The impact with the passenger vehicle forced the motorcyclist onto the pavement.  He suffered severe injuries in the collision. By the time emergency crews arrived, the biker had died at the scene of the accident.  The motorcyclist has been identified as 26-year-old Daniel Vargas Rodes. Sgt. Smith said that Rodes had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. 

Photographs taken of the accident scene show that the small white passenger car suffered significant damage to its passenger door, and its airbags were deployed in the crash. The driver of the passenger vehicle stayed at the scene of the accident and did not suffer serious injuries.

Police investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol played any role in the fatal accident.  Wet pavement, however, may have been at least partially to blame. No arrests or citations were made in connection to the crash.

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