Authorities are looking for the driver who stole a Ford F-150 pickup truck and then struck and killed a motorcyclist while traveling the wrong way on the 215 Freeway in an attempt to evade police. Shortly before 12:30 p.m. last Saturday, San Bernardino police received the report of the theft. Officers chased the vehicle on the westbound 210 near Waterman Avenue until the driver exited the freeway, taking Highland Avenue to Muscupiable Avenue, and then entering the exit ramp of Interstate 215. He struck a 57-year-old Riverside motorcyclist, fleeing the accident scene on foot. Anyone with information on the suspect, who is described as a clean-shaven Hispanic male in his twenties, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a shaved head, is asked to call the San Bernardino Police Department at (909) 384-5742, explains a California truck accident attorney.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s, NHTSA, 2009 Traffic Safety Facts, 33,808 traffic crash victims were killed and 2,217,000 injured. Motorcyclists accounted for 4,462 of the fatalities and 90,000 of the injuries that year. 2,216, or 48.2%, of the fatalities and 34,000, or 40.5%, of the injuries were the result of a collision between a motorcyclist and another vehicle in transport.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was struck and killed by the driver of the stolen truck in San Bernardino.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this accident.
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