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HGTV Host Killed In Northern California Motorcycle Crash

A 38-year-old carpenter known by viewers of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” show was killed in San Francisco when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car. Condolences have been pouring in for Bill Beckwith, who was in the city’s Lower Haight area when the fatal motorcycle crash occurred.

On the home improvement show, which is no longer in production, Beckwith helped re-do the exterior of a different house each episode. According to the HGTV website, his love of carpentry went back to his childhood. Among his many passions was also a love of motorcycles.

Ironically, Beckwith was involved in another traffic accident in October, according to a post he made on Facebook. He briefly discussed a head-on collision involving his truck, and he said it was a “solid reminder that our lives can change at any instant.”

According to a report by NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate, Beckwith was taken to the hospital after the motorcycle accident, where he died from head injuries. That same reports says that the driver of the other vehicle is cooperating with authorities who are investigating the accident. Although reportedly the driver of the car was the one who struck Beckwith, it has not yet been reported whether that driver was at fault in the fatal collision.

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable drivers on the road. Motorcycle accidents are often fatal for them because they have no vehicle surrounding them for protection. Families of motorcyclists who are injured or killed by a driver who is found to be at fault have every right to seek monetary compensation for medical treatment, lost wages and other damages. Although they will not bring back a loved one, they can help alleviate at least the financial burden of the loss.

Source: CNN, “Bill Beckwith, co-host of HGTV’s ‘Curb Appeal,’ killed in crash” Tom Watkins and Ed Payne, Dec. 04, 2013