I came to work today, and one of my coworkers said he was very glad to see me.... I asked him why?
He told me of a fatal accident between a sport bike and a truck
, which occurred on my route home, within minutes of my passage through the area. He wasn't sure if I was involved.
Talking about it with my coworker, I realize I almost certainly saw this rider, going the other way (North) on the highway. I know I waved, and he did not respond. I recall the bike being flat black, and the rider wearing dark colored gear. I don't think it had a working headlight.
I go through the intersection where this occurred, every day that I ride to work. it's dangerous enough that I ALWAYS avoid the shoulder lane, as the traffic from the crossing road can and does make the right on red to enter the flow of traffic. the intersection is not at 90°, slanting away from the rider's approach by some amount making it even harder for a driver to look over their shoulder before they enter the travel lane.
The reports I have read indicate that the rider was killed at the scene, and the impact is verbally reported to have been so great as to cause the truck he rear ended to cross through the travel lanes into the median. the bike burned. Significant
The truck's driver is hospitalized.
My condolences to the family of the rider, and to the family of the truck driver.