A 60-year-old Pasadena man was killed in a motorcycle accident, which officials say, involved a suspected hit-and-run driver. According to a City News Service report, the fatal crash occurred the night of October 6, 2016 at Marengo Avenue and Washington Boulevard in Pasadena. A preliminary investigation showed that a gray 2015 Tesla four-door sedan was heading north on Marengo Avenue at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the motorcycle at the intersection of Washington Boulevard. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Tesla abandoned the car and fled on foot. He was only described as a male. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 626-744-7159.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of this deceased motorcyclist for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 51 injuries reported as a result motorcycle accidents in the city of Pasadena. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 105 people died and 3,509 were injured due to motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Tesla was driving at a high rate of speed when he crashed into the motorcycle at the intersection. California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” We also trust officials are looking into whether the driver was impaired, distracted, or otherwise negligent at the time of the collision.
In fatal car accident cases where negligence or wrongdoing is a factor, families of deceased victims might be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. Victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.