Jakob Scott Weathermon, 20, of Lakewood, was killed in a bicycle versus big rig accident on Sept. 30 after the tractor-trailer struck him at a Rancho Dominguez intersection near Carson, the Daily Breeze reports. Weathermon, who worked in Huntington Beach, was riding a bicycle with a 17-year-old unidentified girl when they were hit by the truck at the intersection of Del Amo Boulevard and Susana Road.
Weathermon and the girl were heading east on the sidewalk and entered the intersection to cross Susana when the tractor trailer, going south, made a right turn, California Highway Patrol officials said. The truck hit the girl first; who got thrown out of the way and then struck Weathermon, running him over. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
My sincere condolences to the family of Jakob Scott Weathermon for their tragic loss.
The press reports do not provide enough detailed information for me to form an opinion as to who is at fault here. CHP officials say it is unclear to them as to who had the right of way. They say the big rig driver’s light was red and it appears that he stopped before making that right turn. I trust the CHP investigation will soon provide us with the details and the exact cause of this bicycle accident.
If the big rig had indeed stopped before turning, then it should have made the right turn at a safe and normal speed. However, the fact that it hit both the bicyclists could mean the driver was possibly distracted and did not see them. If the big rig driver is determined to be at fault in this accident, then both he and his employer could be held liable for the accident, injuries and fatality.
The family of Jacob Scott Weathermon would be well advised to retain the services of a reputed Southern California bicycle accident attorney to protect their legal rights and, should they decide, to pursue a case against the employer of the truck driver.