Any car accident that results in the loss of life can be devastating for all of the parties involved, including a negligent party who causes the wreck. In today's society, it seems like it has become more and more common for many of us to encounter a distracted driver on the nation's roads. However, some accidents have no clear-cut cause, and others take the life of a well-known and well-respected member of the community. That was the case in San Mateo County recently, when an off-duty sheriff's deputy died in a motorcycle accident.
The deputy, a 51-year-old lifetime resident of San Mateo County, was killed when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle in an intersection. After the collision the deputy was transported for medical care, but he died of his injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, a 64-year-old woman, did not sustain any injuries in the in the collision, nor was she facing any immediate criminal charges or citations.
The deputy had previously been employed by the Millbrae Police Department before joining the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in 2005. He had a wife and a son. He was buried on February 6.
Motorcycle crashes can be especially dangerous for the rider. Although all vehicles are expected to respect the rules of the roads, motorcycles can be more difficult for other drivers to spot due to their smaller profile. We all take a chance any time we drive on the nation's roadways, but a fatal motorcycle crash is never an expected outcome. If a negligent party is eventually identified in this case, there may be some hope that the victim's family can find financial compensation for their loss.
Source: SouthSanFranciscoPatch, "Off-Duty Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Motorcycle Accident Laid To Rest Wed.," Feb. 6, 2013