Michael Robert Hopkins, 25, was killed in a motorcycle versus truck accident after he hit the back of a big-rig, the night of February 13, 2011. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on the 15 Freeway near Foothill Boulevard in Rancho Cucamonga. California Highway Patrol officials say Hopkins was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle at 70 to 75 mph when he clipped a big rig. He sustained fatal injuries in the crash. The driver of the loaded flatbed big rig left the scene of the fatal accident. Officials say the rig lost its black left-rear mud flap during the impact. An investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Michael Robert Hopkins for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 32 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Rancho Cucamonga. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 34 people died and 532 were injured as a result of motorcycle accident during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
If this news report is accurate, it appears that the truck driver fled the scene of the accident. Based on preliminary investigation, officials say that Hopkins was trying to pass the truck at a high rate of speed, which may have caused him to clip the big rig.
In this particular case, the driver of the big rig should not have left the scene of the fatal accident. There is absolutely no excuse for hit-and-run. When you are involved in an accident that injures someone, you stop immediately, regardless of whose fault the accident is. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
I hope officials are able to locate and question the truck driver so the facts of this case can be established. If you have any information about this driver or vehicle, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run web site, www.hitandrunreward.com, to leave an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Protecting Victims Rights
Families of hit-and-run car accidents would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured car accident victims and their families.
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