An off-duty police officer from San Bernardino was killed on May 1 after being involved in a motorcycle accident. The deceased officer was a 30-year-old father of three children who had spent eight years on the force.

The police officer was reportedly riding in the HOV lane on the westbound 91 freeway when the fatal accident occurred. Apparently a vehicle that was merging onto the freeway then struck the motorcycle. The rider was then thrown from his bike into the eastbound lane where he was subsequently struck a second time. The accident occurred at approximately 9:00 a.m. and the rider was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

It was said that the California Highway Patrol were still investigating the accident to determine if anyone was at fault. Though no determinations can be made until such investigations are concluded, we have seen many similar motorcycle accidents such as this one in the past.

It only takes a moment to look over one’s shoulder to make certain that no other vehicles are present when merging onto a freeway. However, drivers are often in a hurry or may rely on their mirrors to determine whether another vehicle is present. And it is possible that drivers are only looking for cars or trucks when entering onto freeways and are not taking into consideration that a motorcycle rider may be present.

Unfortunately the outcome of failing to keep a proper outlook can result in tragic consequences. As a result of this accident, three children have now lost their father. We need to hold individuals accountable for their careless actions when driving so that victim and family members can be cared for. Also, such accountability may motivate other drivers to take more care when driving on our roadways.

Source: Southern California Public Radio, “Off-duty police officer killed in motorcycle crash in Corona ID’d,” Bianca Ramirez, May 1, 2014