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Driver drifts out of lane, strikes motorcyclists, kills 1

Drivers in passenger vehicles need to be aware of motorcycles on the roads. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, and the results can be deadly.

According to a recent report, on June 3 a husband and wife who had been riding their motorcycles near Lakeside, California, pulled over to the side of the road around 9 p.m. Soon afterward, a 1998 Ford Taurus being driven by a 64-year-old man apparently drifted off of the road and struck them both. The 37-year-old woman and her 32-year-old husband were both thrown from their motorcycles. The husband suffered what was described as "moderate" injuries in the collision. His wife, unfortunately, died at the scene.

The driver of the Ford was also injured. He, along with the husband of the woman who was killed, were transported for medical care in the aftermath of the motorcycle accident. There were no reports on how long it might take for these two injured individuals to recover.

In the aftermath of this deadly collision, the California Highway Patrol will be conducting an investigation into what caused this crash. With the initial reports describing the driver of the Ford slamming into motorcyclists who were on the side of the road, it would be easy to assume that the driver may have left the appropriate boundaries of his lane of travel. The man who was injured and who lost his wife will likely be eager to see what the CHP determines as a result of their investigation. An assignment of fault to the driver of the Ford may result in a personal injury lawsuit.

Source:, "Police identify motorcyclist killed in Lakeside crash," June 6, 2017

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