A collision between a scooter and a police car in Santa Monica on April 5 caused the death of the rider. The investigation into this terrible event is still in its earlier stages, but security footage of the intersection could shed some light into what happened.

The California Highway Patrol says that the victim was going east when it collided with the patrol car, which was headed northbound.

It is a sad fact that when a scooter crashes with a car, often it is the scooter rider who suffers the worst of the injuries. That was the case here. The rider, identified only as a man in his 20s, was rushed to the hospital, but died of his injuries. The officer driving the police car was injured, but not seriously.

Right of way could be a major issue in this fatal car accident. Whether the scooter rider or the squad car was going against the light could determine whether either person involved was at fault. Employees at a nearby gas station claim that video from their store suggests that the scooter may have had a red light, but that has not yet been confirmed. The accident happened around 7:40 a.m., so one wonders if the sun could also have been a factor.

Auto accidents do not discriminate much according to age, or whether the victim has a family or not. People from all walks of life can get killed when a negligent driver crashes into them. Their lives are all worth more than mere dollars, but financial compensation may help bring closure for their families.

Source: KABC-TV, “CHP investigates fatal Santa Monica police crash,” Melissa MacBride, April 5, 2014