California motorcyclist killed by rushing police officer

Even though the California police are bound to serve and protect the public, they also get into car accidents. This is particularly unfortunate when the police drivers cause personal injury or even death. That is exactly what occurred in San Diego in November, however, after a motorcycle rider was killed in a deadly car accident that involved a local police cruiser. The rider, age 62, died because of blunt force trauma injuries.

Official reports indicate that the patrol car had activated lights and sirens when the collision occurred. The officer was on his way to provide additional support for a hit-and-run accident that had occurred nearby. He made a U-turn in the intersection, striking the motorcycle rider. The rider attempted to stop before striking the police cruiser, but it was too late; he plowed into the side of the car and suffered catastrophic injuries.

An investigation in the matter is still ongoing, but police officials have emphasized drivers’ responsibility to pull over to the right-hand side of the road when officers activate their lights and sirens. Witnesses say the motorcyclist may not have been to blame, though, as the intersection is inherently dangerous. Local residents say that those making a U-turn at that intersection need to pay close attention to their driving actions. They expressed dismay that a man’s life was ended because of the man’s response to the hit-and-run, which may have only involved property loss.

Police officers are entrusted with our public safety; Californians should not have to worry that they will be plowed over by police cruisers that are in a rush. Victims of accidents caused by police officers may be entitled to financial compensation from the individual officers and their departments. Family members of those killed by police officers may be able to recover damages for wrongful death, pain and suffering, emotional distress and a variety of other claims.

Source:, “Motorcyclist killed in police car crash ID’d” Christina London & Dave Summers, Nov. 19, 2013