San Bernardino County – On Thursday, James Melvin Wood was involved in a motorcycle accident that took his life.
Wood was driving his 2006 Kawasaki westbound on National Trails Highway around Mountain Springs Road, Essex, when the accident happened around 7:55 p.m. Wood was struck by a red Kia head-on. The Kia was on the eastbound side but for unknown reasons moved to the westbound side where it struck Wood. Wood, only 59 years old, died at the scene. He was a resident of Yucca Valley.
Local officials are investigating the accident and looking into the cause. The name or condition of the driver of the Kia has not been released.
Irvine – Jon Dressler of Laguna Hills died on Wednesday when he was involved in an accident while riding his motorcycle on the interstate in Orange County.
The accident happened Wednesday night around 11:05 p.m. on the southbound side of Interstate 5, north of Bake Parkway. Dressler collided with another vehicle and was ejected from his motorcycle. The motorcycle caught on fire and left Dressler with immediate fatal injuries. An investigation into the crash is underway.
Dressler was only 27 years old. His family would have the right to file a wrongful death claim according to California law. Our condolences go out Dressler’s friends and family .
Long Beach – James William Rodewald was struck by a car while he was riding his motorcycle on Monday and died today due to complications from the accident.
The accident happened on Monday morning on Clark Avenue at Stearns Street. Rodewald was going north on Clark, trying to pass a black BMW, when his motorcycle and the BMW bumped into each other. Rodewald was ejected from the motorcycle onto the street and was immediately transported to a local hospital with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries. Rodewald was only 55 years old, a resident of Lakewood.
The driver of the BMW sedan failed to stopped and took off, headed north on Bellflower. Witnesses tried to follow the car but could not catch up. According to witnesses, the driver was a male and was accompanied by another male passenger. Police are looking for the occupants of the BMW for questioning. The BMW most likely has damage to its left rear bumper.
Moreno Valley – Dominic Durden was killed early Thursday morning while he was riding his motorcycle.
The accident happened at 5:45 a.m. at the corner of Pigeon Pass Way and Chambray Drive. According to reports, a 1989 Toyota pickup was going north on Pigeon Pass at 50 mph and turned left in front in front of Durden who was riding his motorcycle. The two collided and Durden was fatally ejected from his motorcycle. He was only 30 years old, a longtime employee of the Riverside sheriff’s dispatch center.
The pickup was driven by Juan Tzun Lopez of Riverside. The twenty four year old was charged with vehicular manslaughter without negligence.
Anaheim – Motorcyclist John Bedard was involved in a crash that took his life on Thursday.
The accident happened on the eastbound 91 freeway (Riverside freeway), west of Interstate 5 in Anaheim. The time of the collision was around 3:15 p.m. in the afternoon. After the accident, the HOV (carpool) and Number 1 and 2 (fast lane and lane next to the fast lane) lanes were temporarily closed after the crash.
According to California Highway Patrol he was involved in a traffic collision while driving his motorcycle however details of the accident are scarce as of yet. Bedard was rushed to UCI Medical Center in the city of Orange where he succumbed to his injuries later in the evening.
Bedard was only 45 years old, a resident of East Helena, Montana.
If the driver of another automobile or truck is deemed to have caused the accident, then the driver and his/her insurance company is liable for the wrongful death of Mr. Bedard.
According to police, no other vehicles were involved. Police report that Bedard accidentally locked his brakes and skidded forward towards slowing traffic, lost control and was ejected.
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