The California Highway Patrol reported that it is seeking the driver of a cream-colored sedan involved in an accident on July 22 that claimed the life of a 28-year-old man in San Diego County. The man was thrown from his motorcycle after being struck by the sedan.

The motorcycle accident took place at about 5:40 p.m. on Interstate 15, which is also known as the Escondido Freeway, near Fallbrook. According to a CHP report, the motorcycle’s estimated speed was between 30 and 35 mph when it was struck by a sedan north of Route 76. The sedan is said to have been changing lanes at the time of the collision. The impact ejected the motorcyclist from his machine and onto the roadway where he was struck by a box truck.

The sedan then fled the scene of the accident, but eyewitnesses were able to give responding law enforcement officers descriptions of the vehicle as well as its two occupants. The sedan is said to have likely sustained damage to its passenger side door or front end. Police also said that blue paint from the motorcycle may be visible on the car’s cream-colored paint. The driver of the vehicle is thought to be a white male who may be in his 30s, and his passenger is described as having a red goatee and blond hair.

Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to the negligent actions of other road users, and they are often killed or suffer catastrophic injuries when they are involved in an accident. A personal injury attorney may bring a lawsuit on behalf of injured motorcyclists or the families of those killed that seeks compensation from the drivers at fault for medical expenses, property damage and lost income.

Source: FOX 5 San Diego, “Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run freeway crash“, July 23, 2014