Police are searching for the hit and run driver who left a motorcyclist to die Tuesday night in Arcadia. Kenneth Doherty of Los Angeles, 32, was riding his motorcycle eastbound on West Foothill Boulevard just before 8 pm on May 7, 2013, when he and the vehicle collided. He slid at least 50 yards before slamming into a brick wall and coming to a stop underneath a tree. He was rushed to Huntington Memorial Hospital with severe internal injuries and head trauma, where he later died from his injuries. He leaves behind a wife and a 4 year-old son with autism.
The suspected vehicle is said to be a 2005 or 2006 "electric blue" Mitsubishi, possibly a Lancer, that at the time, had a rear spoiler. Investigators say that the vehicle would have passenger side damage and a missing side view mirror. While that stretch of road has no street lights for a mile and a half and is notorious for street racing, police do not know who was at fault or if the two were racing. Regardless, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident.
Drivers have a responsibility to look out for other vehicles, and must use heightened vigilance when they know motorcyclists are nearby. Similarly, motorcyclists should anticipate that drivers will make driving maneuvers that can cause a collision, and thus keep safe distances around the motorcycle. All too often motorcyclists are killed when either a car driver or cyclist is careless while driving, causing otherwise preventable tragedies, such as the death of Mr. Doherty.
What’s even more tragic about this case is that possibly if the driver had done the right thing, and pulled over, he/she could have contacted emergency personnel that could have helped save Mr. Doherty’s life. It is cases like this that caused me to become a personal injury motorcycle attorney who wants to help riders injured or killed in accidents by holding those at-fault responsible for their actions.
I am an Orange County motorcycle injury attorney with the Roberts Law Firm, and I’m a motorcycle rider myself. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact The Roberts Law Firm in Orange County.