An armed-service member residing in California and who just returned from Afghanistan was reportedly struck and killed on March 25, 2014 by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle.  The soldier was married and had a 2-year-old son.

Dozens of individuals gathered at the spot where the motorcycle accident occurred.  He had been back at his home for approximately a month after serving a one-year tour as a U.S. Marine in Helmand Province.

The 23-year-old man accused of striking the Marine was reportedly drunk while at a Taco Bell earlier in the evening. The police claim to have seen him speed away from the restaurant traveling at a minimum of 80 miles per hour. A police officer also said that he ran a red light.

It was at the time that the driver went through a second red light that he struck the motorcycle. The deceased rider was said to have been thrown through the air for close to 30 yards as a result of the collision. The driver then attempted to flee the scene and has since been arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

Hit-and-run and drunk driving crashes can prove to be complex because too often the responsible driver is uninsured or underinsured. Attorneys who understand the insurance laws and have represented victims of such crashes can analyze an individual circumstance to discover if some sort of compensation can be provided.

Such an accident like this can only be described as tragic. And while there is nothing that can be done to bring the motorcycle rider back, efforts can still be made to help out the rider’s wife and son in light of what occurred.

Source: ABC 7, “Marines, friends honor man killed in motorcycle accident,” Alan Wang, March 25, 2014