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Yucaipa: Motorcyclist Joseph Hodel Killed, Passenger Donna Capellino Injured in Crash


At about 5:13 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 57-year-old motorcyclist Joseph Hodel was involved in a crash in Yucaipa that ultimately killed him and injured his passenger, 63-year-old Donna Capellino. While riding a blue 2000 Ultra on Oak Glen Road, Hodel lost control of the bike while negotiating a left turn about a quarter-mile north of Wildwood Canyon Road and struck a raised concrete drainage culvert. Hodel and Capellino were thrown from the motorcycle. Emergency responders transported them to area hospitals. He died from his injuries a short time later. Authorities are investigating the crash.

“After a motorcycle accident, those who were injured may file personal injury claims against the at-fault party in order to be compensated for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis. “The families of victims who did not survive the collision may pursue wrongful death claims.”

Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to two motorcyclists in Yucaipa in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Yucaipa ranked 91st out of 103 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Statewide, motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Joseph Hodel, the motorcyclist who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Donna Capellino, the passenger who was injured.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Yucaipa motorcycle crash.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office’s website.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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