A California woman allegedly under the influence of alcohol was said to have struck and killed a motorcyclist with her car. The Stevenson Ranch woman was arrested on Aug. 11 for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She is scheduled to be in court on March 4 for a preliminary hearing.  She is currently free on $100,000 bail.

The woman was driving a 2007 Matrix in a northerly direction. She approached a green light in the left-hand-turn area. The motorcyclist was on the same road while riding in a southerly direction. A California Highway Patrol Officer stated that the woman driver made a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle and this resulted in a collision.  The collision report of this incident reported that the driver purportedly failed to yield to the motorcyclist.

Both the CHP and the Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the crash.  Though the motorcyclist was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment, he later died of the injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident.

When alcohol is a factor in an accident in California, a motorcyclist or his family members can sometimes pursue punitive damages in addition to other damages suffered.  It’s good to consult with attorneys that understand this area of law if this possibility exists.  

There are many reasons why motorcycle accidents occur.  Driving while under the influence or making a careless left turn at an intersection are common causes. Drivers who are sober often do not look out for the presence of motorcycles when making left turns.  It certainly cannot make circumstances better if the driver is also under the influence of alcohol.


Source: KHTS, “Stevenson Ranch Woman Arrested On Fatal DUI Crash Charge Due Back,” Perry Smith, Jan. 30, 2014