Several weeks ago, we discussed a fatal motorcycle accident that stemmed from a police pursuit in El Cajon. A little more than one week after that tragedy, a San Diego police car was involved in another fatal motorcycle accident. In the second crash, the San Diego officer struck a motorcycle in Clairemont at Balboa Avenue and Mt. Everest Boulevard.
The 62-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at a hospital following the collision.
According the NBC San Diego, the police officer was headed west on Balboa Avenue when he was dispatched to a hit-and-run accident. Officials have stated that the officer then turned on the patrol car’s lights and sirens and made a U-turn in the intersection, striking the motorcycle.
The motorcyclist reportedly hit the brakes in an attempt to avoid a crash, but the bike did not come to a stop in time.
Both of these fatal motorcycle accidents illustrate how critical it is for police to follow protocol when they engage in pursuits. It is not clear at this point whether the officers involved in these crashes were following the legal requirements that are meant to prevent such tragedies.
When a fatal car accident does occur due to the overzealous decisions of police, the loved ones of victims should seek legal counsel. It may be possible to hold the police or the city accountable.
Police, of course, have an important job to do, and drivers are expected to yield and move to the right of the roadway when police need to pass them in order to respond to emergencies. However, police do not have the right to risk the lives of others by neglecting protocols and engaging in reckless pursuits.
Source: NBC San Diego, “Motorcyclist Killed in Police Car Crash,” Christina London and Dave Summers, Nov. 19, 2013