Charles Anthony Sanfilippo II was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Chula Vista on March 20th. The 27-year-old rider struck a curb, forcing his motorcycle to jump over the curb, just before striking a light pole. The accident occurred just after 2 a.m. on Thursday.

Witnesses tell reporters they first heard the sound of the accident, and then saw the victim, as he laid on the ground. The helmet Sanfilippo was wearing was torn off by the impact. One of the bystanders began performing CPR on the victim, trying to assist the man before rescue crews arrived.

The Chula Vista police Department responded to the accident, which occurred at the intersection of E Street and Toyon Lane. Sanfilippo died of his injuries on the way to the UC San Diego Health System.

Investigators looking into the cause of the crash believe speed may have been a factor in the accident. They will release more details on the crash as they become available.

The tragic death of the rider is a time to remember the most important safety tips for traveling on a motorcycle.

Speed should always be kept under control. Make sure you always maintain a safe velocity whenever you are riding your bike. Slow down before turns, not while turning.

Precipitation can be deadly. Don’t ever try riding in wet conditions.

Keep aware of what is going on around you. Road conditions can change quickly, and as a motorcycle rider, you need to be as aware as you can be of conditions around you.

Safety starts before you even get on the road. Never purchase a more powerful motorcycle than you can handle riding safely. Make sure it’s the right size, as well. When seated on the bike, you should be able to rest both feet comfortably on the ground.

If you are a novice rider, consider taking riding lessons. These can make you a better, safer rider.

Don’t let yourself become a victim. Ride safely!