It’s no secret that riding a motorcycle is far more dangerous than getting around in an automobile, even if those driving the latter are often to blame for accidents involving both. Nonetheless, San Diego is a very attractive city for motorcyclists as it offers no lack of roadways, plenty of sunshine, and beautiful scenery.
Unfortunately, a 25-year-old man from San Diego found out about the dangers other vehicles pose to those on motorcycles. He was in Dulzura driving a 2010 Ducati eastbound on State Road 94 this past Tuesday. Behind him were six of his fellow riders.
As they got closer to Barrett Lake Road, a 24-year-old man from Santee in a GMC truck tried taking a left-hand turn in front of them. In doing so, he struck Zamani, throwing him over the hood of his truck and onto the highway’s shoulder. Zamani succumbed to his injuries before emergency responders could get to him.
The scene quickly turned bizarre, however, when police say four of the men who had been riding with Zamani began interfering with their duties. Jon Regenhardt, Jason Thompson, Tim Parker, and Antonio Tapia were all arrested shortly thereafter. Regenhardt was cited for interfering while the three other friends were ticketed for reckless driving. All four of them were released at the scene.
According to the men, they were simply trying to come to terms with the death of a close friend and the sheriff’s department was in the wrong for citing them. Although the U.S. Border Patrol had helped deputies with arresting the four men, they have since declined to provide a comment.
Details regarding the charges were not immediately available, so it’s hard to know what actions the four men took that were perceived as interference. But if the men plan on fighting the citations, they would do well to not speak about the events to anyone until they’ve found legal representation. Obviously, the family of Zamani should seek an attorney out as well.