You wouldn’t have to be on any roadway in San Diego—or the surrounding areas—for long before finding a motorcyclist. Motorcycles are extremely popular here thanks to beautiful weather that makes it a reliable form of transportation all year round. It also helps that motorcycles are extremely affordable in terms of gas and, for many people, a lot of fun to ride.
Unfortunately, as most people know, motorcycles can pose a real risk to those who enjoy riding them. 80% of motorcycle accidents leave their victims either with serious injuries or dead.
A recent accident in Julian serves as a reminder of how dangerous motorcycles can be, even when they’re involved in accidents that aren’t uncommon for the driver of a car, SUV or truck to be in. Obviously, motorcycles come with a lot less protection.
It was a little before 4pm this past Sunday when Julia Elizabeth Hills, 53, of Descanso was riding on a 2003 Harley Davidson “Fat Boy.” Someone else was actually driving the bike while Hills rode on back. The two were headed southbound on Route 79. When they approached Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds, something must have gone wrong that caused the driver to swerve into the other side of traffic. Upon swerving back in an attempt to dodge oncoming traffic, the driver lost control, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and Cal Fire.
That’s when Hill was thrown from the back of the motorcycle. By the time help arrived, she was already dead. The identity and condition of the driver are still unknown. They were airlifted from the scene and taken to a nearby hospital.
Obviously, that person should get in contact with an attorney. Even if drugs or alcohol didn’t play a role, they could be held responsible and will be better off if a qualified lawyer is able to protect their rights.