At about 1 p.m. on Friday, August 3rd, 38-year-old motorcyclist Heath Crowder was killed in a collision with a semi in Tehachapi. While traveling westbound on Tehachapi Boulevard in a tractor-trailer combination, 52-year-old Deborah Van Dyke turned left in front of Crowder, who was traveling eastbound at the time, causing him to crash into the trailer’s rear wheels. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“When a driver’s negligence results in a traffic-related death, the driver may be held liable by the family of the victim for their loss,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Tehachapi accounted for none of the 9 fatalities and 2 of the 205 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in Kern County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout the state, motorcyclist fatalities decreased from 560 in 2008 to 394 in 2009-the first decline since 1998.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Heath Crowder, the motorcyclist killed in the collision with the semi.
Tehachapinews.com originally reported this fatal crash.
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