At about 9:12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 37-year-old motorcyclist William Sewell was fatally injured after being struck multiple times in Riverside, reported The Press-Enterprise. While riding eastbound near the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Pegasus Drive, Sewell broadsided a 2009 Toyota Corolla that turned left in front of him. The two vehicles that had been traveling behind Sewell struck him while he was down. He succumbed to the trauma he suffered at the scene. One of the vehicles that struck Sewell, a small, older gray pickup truck that may have had a ladder or utility rack attached to the bed, fled. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the driver of the truck, are asked to call Detective Rick Prince at 951-826-8722.
Riverside accounted for 3 of the 36 fatalities and 75 of the 507 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout California, the incidence of motorcyclist deaths increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011. That year, 4,388 riders died in collisions in the United States, accounting for 14 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths.
Families who have lost loved ones to traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system. For more information on the rights of the families of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of William Sewell.