Man Killed in Twentynine Palms Motorcycle Crash

February 23, 2009

Patrick Reed, 29, of Twentynine Palms was killed in a motorcycle accident on Highway 62 after a speeding vehicle turned in front and struck him. According to this news Web site, Reed was riding east on Highway 62 at Indian Cove Road the evening of February 18, 2009 when the vehicle struck him. Reed was thrown from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle that struck him was apparently traveling at about 65 mph.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Patrick Reed who was apparently an Iraq War veteran. The comments about Reed on this news Web site show how much he was loved and respected. As one of his friends put it, Reed survived Iraq, but couldn’t survive Southern California. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Patrick Reed.

According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, in 2006, there were no fatalities in Twentynine Palms and only one injury relating to motorcycle accident. In San Bernardino County as a whole, however, 39 deaths and 507 injuries were reported as a result of San Bernardino motorcycle accidents.

This newspaper report does not offer any information about the driver of the other car that hit Reed. There are many questions here. How and why did this accident occur? Why did the vehicle traveling at such a high rate of speed turn in front of Reed’s motorcycle? Was the other motorist operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Did the other motorist stop at the scene and if yes, was he or she cited or arrested?

If the other motorist was driving under the influence, then he or she would face criminal vehicular manslaughter charges. Whether or not the driver was under the influence, it seems to me that he or she is at fault and must be held economically responsible for the accident and fatal injuries caused to Patrick Reed. His family may be able to file a wrongful death claim, which attempts to compensate them for medical/funeral expenses, loss of wages and companionship.

Patrick Reed’s family would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed Southern California motorcycle accident attorney, who will ensure that justice is served and that the negligent parties are held responsible for their actions. A skilled personal injury attorney will also look into whether a dangerous condition on that highway contributed to this fatal auto accident. If that is the case, then the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that highway could be held liable. According to California Government Code, any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within six months of the accident.


Patrick was a very good friend of mine and will be sorely missed by many who's lives he touched.

That being said, there are a few inaccuracies in your article here that need to be addressed.

Firstly, Patrick was travelling at 65 MPH on the highway, which is the posted speed limit of the road according to sources local to the area. The driver who pulled out in front of him was not reportedly travelling at a high rate of speed since physics argue the ability to make the required left turn at this particular intersection. However, the initial report stated that the driver of the other vehicle pulled out in front of Patrick, which resulted in the collision.

This will be a long link, but here is a Googlemaps Satellite View of the intersection:


If you have a copy of the Police Report, please post information as to where in the event you have information that conflicts with this.

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