Motorcyclist Killed by Suspected DUI Driver
Motorcycle fatalities seem to be increasing, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their most recent data showed 4,976 motorcycle fatalities in 2015, an 8 percent increase from 2014. Although more recent data is unavailable, a motorcycle accident occurring yesterday in Los Angeles may suggest motorcycle fatalities are still a problem in 2018.
The NBC Los Angeles news reported that this wrongful death occurred around 2:05 a.m. The motorcyclist, Emery Becker, was going southbound on the 5 Freeway when the first traffic collision occurred. A driver struck Becker, ejecting him from his motorcycle. The driver then fled the scene.
This collision did not kill the motorcyclist. He was seen attempting to stand up after being thrown from his motorcycle when another driver, Alexandra Silva, struck him with her 2016 Toyota. Silva stopped her vehicle after hitting the motorcyclist, abiding by California Vehicle Code, Sections 20002 through 20004. Drivers stopped to help Becker, but the injuries he sustained killed him while at the scene.
California Highway Patrol arrested Silva, believing she was under the influence when she struck Becker.
Police are still investigating this collision, but it seems that, due to the fact Silvia was under the influence at the time of the collision, she may be found liable or partially liable for the death of Becker (as well as the hit-and-run driver, if caught). California Vehicle Code, Section 23152 strictly prohibits driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. DUI offenses resulting in injury or death may result in fines, license suspension, prison time, and a lawsuit against the at-fault party.