The motorcyclist killed in an auto-motorcycle collision in Santa Rosa, California, has been identified as Cristian Valencia, 22. The Sonoma County Coroner’s Office made the identification public in updated accident reports released on Tuesday, August 25th.
The Santa Rosa resident passed away from his injuries following the crash on Wednesday, August 19th. According to the Santa Rosa Police Department, Valencia rode a motorcycle that collided with a car on Santa Rosa Avenue south of Yolanda Avenue around 3:30 p.m.
The investigators said that the motorcyclist headed north when he crashed against the southbound SUV that pulled out of a driveway. A female passenger on the motorcycle suffered significant injuries and received treatment in a hospital.
The driver of the SUV and a passenger in the vehicle did not suffer any injury. The motorist remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigators. The inquiry into the crash is ongoing.
California has over 800,000 registered motorcycle riders, making auto-motorcycle crashes common in the state. Most collisions of this nature are either the result of the negligence of the motorcyclist or the driver of the vehicle. The former always ends up with severe or fatal injuries due to the open design of the bike.
Common wounds sustained are road rash, broken bones, fractures, brain injuries, internal bleeding, ligament tears, or organ damage. Motorcycle riders can mitigate the preceding by wearing a helmet compliant with the United States Department of Transportation guidelines and safety apparel with covering for other parts of the body.
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