Man Convicted In Motorcycle Accident That Killed Biker
Santa Rosa residents are aware that our local highways are busy thoroughfares with a variety of vehicles. When traveling, it is important that all drivers be aware of who is also on the road. Cars, buses, tractor-trailers and motorcycles have to stay vigilant and alert, because that is the best way to avoid accidents.
Any motor vehicle accident is a serious issue, but when a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle collide, the results can be tragic, especially for the biker. In an accident last year, a 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an accident with a 31-year-old man driving a passenger van. The man lost control of the van and veered into another lane, striking the biker. The biker was then pinned to the median by the vehicle. However, instead of remaining on the scene, the driver of the van took off. He was spotted further down on the 105, sleeping.
He was taken into custody. According to authorities, his blood-alcohol level was 0.15, almost twice the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. He was also found to be driving on a suspended or revoked license. He also had prior DUIs, one of which he was still on probation for at the time of the motorcycle accident.
On Feb. 28, a jury found the man guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, second-degree murder, misdemeanor driving with a suspended or revoked license and leaving the scene of an accident. The man will be sentenced on March 17. He could face a maximum sentence of 20 years to life in a state prison.
The family of the man who was killed might find closure in knowing the person who caused their loved one’s death will be held accountable for his crimes. However, the family may also be able to seek financial relief from the man. Pursuing compensation could result in damages awarded to cover final expenses, medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of companionship. Those who finds themselves in a similar, tragic situation can seek the guidance of an experienced legal professional who can help a grieving family determine the best course of action for them.
Source: Daily Breeze, “Compton man convicted of murder in traffic death of motorcyclist” No author given, Mar. 01, 2014