An active-duty Marine lost his life late last week after he reportedly collided into a tractor-trailer carrying a full load while riding his motorcycle on Interstate 5 near San Diego. Investigators with the California Highway Patrol are conducting a full investigation of the motorcycle accident, but so far they do not believe that the truck driver was to blame for the fatal crash.
According to police reports, the accident occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Friday night as the Marine was driving his motorcycle in the southbound lanes of I-5. He was traveling in the left lane of the freeway at approximately 70 miles per hour when he began to change lanes, with the possible goal of exiting the interstate.
Instead, police say, the Marine’s motorcycle crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer that was carrying a load of wood. The Marine was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained major injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead about half an hour later. The driver of the truck, who was from Tijuana, Mexico, was not injured, and he did not receive a criminal citation in relation to the accident. Police are still working to determine the reason for the crash.
The Marine was 23 years old and lived in San Clemente.
Unfortunately, it is rare that a motorcyclist will be involved in a car or truck accident and walk away unharmed. Even when bikers are wearing helmets, there is a high potential for injury or death. If you or a member of your family has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, it may be beneficial to discuss your rights with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: KGTV San Diego, “Marine Dies In Motorcycle Crash on I-5,” Dec. 10, 2011