Chad Wojno, 27, was killed in a Huntington Beach motorcycle accident after a vehicle struck his motorcycle the morning of April 20, 2015.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the collision occurred near Warner Avenue and Sculpin Lane.
Officers arrived to the scene and found the man
critically injured and lying in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the Honda motorcycle Wojno was riding was traveling west on Warner when it collided with a Toyota car that was exiting a driveway at 6771 Warner Avenue. The driver, an 80-year-old Huntington Beach woman, was not injured and remained at the scene to talk to the authorities.
So far there have been no arrests or citations. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this collision to come forward with information about what they saw.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of Chad Wojno for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 63 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in the city of Huntington Beach.
In Orange County as a whole, 23 people died and 934 were injured due to motorcycle crashes during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the elderly driver was exiting a driveway when she struck the motorcyclist. The law requires drivers pulling out of public or private driveways must yield right-of-way to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21804 (a): “The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic.” Vehicles entering traffic “shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship.
Victims’ families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.