LONG BEACH (July 26, 2013) – Huntington Beach resident Taryn Hawk was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident on Friday while riding his motorcycle. The accident happened in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach around 8:43 p.m. at the intersection of Glendora Avenue and 2nd Street. Hawk and his good friend, Joseph Daroza, also of Huntington Beach, were riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles east on 2nd street when they were struck. According the early reports, they were attempting to cross Glendora Avenue and the light was green at the time. A 2005 Toyota Sequoia attempted to turn left in front of them and struck them both. It is likely that the driver of the Toyota was distracted.
Taryn Hawk died at the scene. He was 35 years old. An employee of Sole Technology, an athletic shoe and apparel company, his coworkers have expressed shock. According to a friend, Hawk was on his way to visit with family after work. The other motorcyclist involved, 30 year old Joseph Daroza was taken to a local hospital with some injuries but has since been released.
The driver of the Toyota that struck the two motorcyclists has been identified as 68 year old Nicholas Limer of Long Beach. He is an owner of a local restaurant, McKenna’s on the Bay in Long Beach.
Police have not made any arrests as of yet as an investigation is still ongoing. However, if Nicholas Limer is found liable for the accident, the family of Taryn Hawk will have the right to file a lawsuit against him and his insured for the wrongful death of Taryn Hawk. Limer could face criminal charges if the District attorney deems he was grossly negligent. The Long Beach Police Department said it is planning to present the case to the Los Angeles County D.A. for criminal charges against Nicholas Limer. A District Attorney may still press charges against a driver if a driver operates his vehicle in such a manner that it is reckless.