A 50-year-old Lancaster man lost his life while riding his motorcycle along Granada Hills’ 118 Freeway early in the morning on Friday, March 2. The man is believed to have died instantly when his bike crashed into the rear of a disabled vehicle. He was driving along the Ronald Reagan Freeway just before the Balboa Boulevard exit.
By interviewing witnesses at the crash scene, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers were able to determine that the driver of an Acura RSX passenger car had been driving in the far left lane when he’d been struck by another motorist.
Apparently the crash caused that driver’s 2007 Acura to become disabled. Soon thereafter, the operator of the Suzuki Bandit motorbike was reportedly seen approaching the Acura from the rear.
According to CHP, the roads were apparently wet and the RSX’s lights were not illuminated at the time. It’s believed that this, coupled with the fact that the motorist was stranded in the freeway’s fast lane, made it hard for the motorcyclist to notice and avoid the Acura in his path.
Representatives from the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office arrived at the crash scene and pronounced the motorcyclist dead. It’s believed that he died instantaneously from injuries he suffered in the rear-end, high-speed crash.
The 26-year-old Acura driver was himself complaining of neck pain after the crash. He refused to be transported to the hospital though.
It’s unclear why he didn’t make any attempt to move his vehicle out of the active traffic lane after it was initially struck. It is also not known at this time why none of the lights were illuminated on his vehicle. CHP continues to investigate the crash.
If your family member has been killed in a car crash due to the negligence of another, then a Los Angeles fatal motor vehicle accidents attorney can advise you of your right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in your case.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News, “Motorcyclist killed in Granada Hills identified as Lancaster man,” March 03, 2018