A crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV on the afternoon of April 22 has left one person dead, according to local sources. California authorities, including the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol, responded to the accident, as they do to most motorcycle accidents. So far, no charges have been filed against the driver of the SUV.
According to the limited information provided in this report, around 2:40 p.m., a motorcycle collided with an SUV on Highway 1 southbound. It is unclear at this time whether either driver could be faulted for the collision. The male rider of the motorcycle was ejected from his vehicle on impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The motorcyclist was alone on his bike.
The male driver, a female passenger and two children, all of whom were occupants of the SUV, suffered injuries described as minor. They were taken to a local hospital in Santa Barbara for treatment. The extent of their injuries has not been elaborated upon at this time.
Motorcycle accidents, like any vehicle accidents, are carefully investigated by California authorities. The inquest will attempt to determine whether one or both drivers were materially responsible for the crash. If the surviving SUV driver is found to have been at fault, he could face criminal charges, but if the motorcyclist is at fault, charges will not be filed posthumously. In either case, the injured parties and possibly the family of the deceased man will be entitled to file personal injury and/or wrongful death lawsuits in civil court.
Source: sanliusobispo.com, “Motorcyclist killed in Lompoc, CA, crash“, Janene Scully, April 22, 2018