Jose Quinones, 46, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar the morning of April 1, 2011. Police say Quinones lost control of his Kawasaki motorcycle, crashed and was thrown in front of an oncoming 2007 Honda Accord. The Honda struck Quinones. However, the driver fled the scene. Authorities later identified the hit-and-run driver as 50-year-old Hussein Abuatieh and arrested him on suspicion of hit-and-run. Initial reports of the accident stated Quinones’ motorcycle started to wobble before it went out of control. An investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jose Quinones for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 24 people were injured in Diamond Bar motorcycle accidents. During that same year, there were 114 fatalities and 2,934 injuries reported as a result of Los Angeles County motorcycle accidents.
California Hit-and-run Law
Investigators will have to determine what caused Quinones to crash in the first place. It appears from the report that the motorcycle was having problems just before the accident. It is possible that the motorcycle had a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction, which caused it to go out of control. Officials will also have to determine here why the driver of the Honda was unable to avoid the fallen rider.
Motorists are required under the law to stop immediately and remain at the scene of an injury car accident. Officials say Abuatieh initially stopped, but soon fled the scene, leaving the injured motorcyclist lying on the freeway without care or medical attention. 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.” In my book, there are absolutely no excuses for leaving the scene of an injury car accident. I’m relieved to hear that this driver was arrested.
In this particular case, Quinones’ family members would be well-advised to preserve the motorcycle in its current crashed condition, unaltered, so an expert can carefully examine it for evidence of product defects and malfunctions. If it is determined that the accident was caused by a defective part, the auto maker or manufacturer of the defective part can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled auto products liability cases will be able to better advise families about their legal rights and options.
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