A Hawthorne police officer was killed and an El Segundo police officer was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Torrance, California. The officers were taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where their situations were first described as being in “extremely critical condition.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Torrance motorcycle accident occurred during a funeral procession for deceased Manhattan Beach Police Officer, Mark Vasquez, who died of cancer. The funeral procession was traveling from Manhattan Beach to Rancho Palos Verdes, and motorcycle officers were apparently being used to go ahead of the procession to stop traffic.
According to reports, the two officers on motorcycle collided with each other, causing the Hawthorne officer to be thrown from his bike into traffic, where he was hit by a vehicle on Hawthorne Boulevard. The California motorcycle accident is being investigated by the Highway Patrol.
At this time, it is far too early to tell who was responsible for this motorcycle accident in Torrance, or quite how serious the injuries are to the other officer. The driver of the vehicle was not apparently injured. It is also unknown if the driver did anything wrong or was in the wrong place at the wrong time. If the driver was negligent, he or she may face California personal injury and wrongful death damages.
Due to the limited protection that motorcycles offer to their occupants, motorcycle accidents in California are often very serious and can cause serious injuries and deaths. For this reason, it is always necessary to wear a helmet and to take all precautions when riding a motorcycle. Our motorcycle injury law office has been handling motorcycle accident injury cases for over 30 years and we are always available for a free consultation. We can help victims get the medical care they need and get their motorcycle repaired or paid for.