Mina Rezkalla, 19, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle that was making a left turn, the evening of September 24, 2012. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Gilmore Street and Kester Avenue. Police said the driver, 62-year-old Raymon Khoury, was driving a Mercedes Benz E320 north on Kester Avenue and was turning left onto Gilmore Street when the car collided with the southbound motorcyclist. Rezkalla was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. Khoury remained at the scene. No arrests or citations were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and many friends of Mina Rezkalla who are mourning this tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 25 fatalities and 1,245 injuries reported involving motorcycle collisions in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, 74 people died and 2,637 were injured due to motorcycle accidents, during the same year.
Yielding the Right of Way
Based on this news account, the driver, Khoury, was making a left turn at the intersection at the time of the collision. It is not clear if Khoury failed to yield the right of way to the oncoming motorcyclist. California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
If the motorist in this case is determined to have been at fault, then, he can be held liable for the motorcyclist’s wrongful death in addition to facing charges or citations. Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.