The California Highway Patrol reported that a hit-and-run driver was responsible for the death of a motorcyclist on April 2. At around 5:50 p.m., a 53-year-old man was struck by an SUV while he was riding his motorcycle along southbound Highway 101 in San Mateo. A witness to the accident said that the SUV driver stopped for a moment and got out of the vehicle before driving off.
The fatal motorcycle crash took place near the junction with eastbound Highway 92. According to reports, the SUV driver struck the victim's Harley Davidson motorcycle while abruptly changing lanes. The impact of the collision caused the motorcycle to hit a side railing, and the motorcycle rider was thrown off of the over-crossing. He died after falling more than 80 feet.
Following the accident, CHP described the vehicle that struck the motorcycle as a white Jeep or SUV. However, troopers later changed their description of the vehicle to a green Jeep or SUV. Reports indicate that the wanted vehicle is likely to have noticeable damage on its right side as a result of the crash. There was no other descriptive information provided about the vehicle, and it is unclear whether the witness provided any description of the driver.
The family of a motorcyclist who has been killed by a hit-and-run driver might want to contact an attorney who may be able to advise the family about how to begin preparing a wrongful death claim. Once the hit-and-run driver has been identified, the family of a deceased victim may be able to claim monetary compensation through a successful lawsuit.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "San Mateo: Hayward motorcyclist, 53, ID'd as hit-and-run victim near bridge," Robert Salonga, April 3, 2015