The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department responded to a collision that involved a semi-truck and a motorcycle early Tuesday morning. The accident took place on 6th street near Hermosa Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga around 11:00 a.m. when a semi made a sudden U-turn in front of a motorcycle. Apparently, the semi driver did not realize that he had collided with the motorcycle and proceeded to make the turn. With the motorcycle still pinned underneath the truck, he continued back and forth as he tried to negotiate the U-turn.
People that witnessed the crash were screaming at the driver to stop, but he was unaware of the current situation around him. The motorcyclist was not the only one affected by the accident; he was also carrying a four-year-old little girl as a passenger. The motorcyclist sustained severe injuries but sadly, the young girl sustained far worse. As the truck tried to make the turn, he crushed the girl when he reversed the truck and went forward again.
The motorcyclist was a combat veteran according to Sheriff’s detectives, he and the young girl were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Witness Cheri Slocumb ran to check the child’s pulse but received nothing. She recalled sorrowing words from the motorcyclist as he was lying next to her; he kept saying, “I am so sorry, I am so sorry. Breathe baby, please breathe.”
Slocumb stated if the truck drive had not reversed, the child would have been okay. San Bernardino investigators interviewed the driver, witnesses, and motorcyclist to get a better understanding of what happened. In the state of California, there is no age restriction for motorcycle passengers.
There are no words that can describe the tragic loss of this young girl. Hopefully in the future, lawmakers will realize that changes to our current motorcycle laws are needed to help keep children safe. Even with an experienced bike rider, accidents can still occur without warning. If you or a loved one have been affected by a motorcycle accident in the San Bernardino area, please contact our personal injury attorneys at Guldjian Law. There is nothing more important than keeping your family safe, so let our attorneys ensure that your family is rightfully protected today.