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Fatal Hit and Run Kills Motorcyclist

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

A fatal motorcycle accident on I-80 left one man dead and one woman in custody. At about 8:50 p.m., last Monday, a 64-year-old North Highlands man was driving north of El Camino Avenue on Capital City Freeway when he was struck by a vehicle and knocked off his bike onto the road. He was then struck by a second vehicle, which killed him.

While traveling by motorcycle can be a safe and fun way to commute to work ,or just cruise around town, motorcycles offer less protection in the case of a collision than other vehicles. It is always important for drivers to pay attention to their surrounding, but it is particularly important that drivers take care to notice motorcycles, it seems that too often drivers simply fail to notice them.

The victim's 2003 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling about 65 mph when a Volkswagen Beetle's front left quarter panel struck the motorcycle's right side. The man was launched onto the pavement. A 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse struck the man, stopped and stayed at the scene to wait for police.

The driver of the Volkswagen Beetle, also stopped initially, but fled the scene soon after coming to a halt. Police located the Beetle east of Madison Avenue on the eastbound side of I-80 shortly after the incident, but the driver had abandoned the vehicle.

The morning of Wednesday, Oct. 26, the driver of the Beetle met with investigators from the California Highway Patrol to speak about the wreck. At the meeting she invoked her 5th Amendment right to not make incriminating statements against herself. She was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and a felony hit and run.

Source: Sacramento Bee "CHP seeks information about suspect in fatal motorcycle crash," Oct. 28, 2011