Man Killed in Ceres Motorcycle Accident

Man Killed in Ceres Motorcycle Accident

Man Killed in Ceres Motorcycle Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto Motorcycle Accident Lawyer. 28-year-old Alden North, of Modesto, was killed in a collision when his motorcycle was cut-off by a van on Hatch Road in Ceres, California on Monday, July 17.

What Happened?

Right around 6:00 pm Monday evening North was headed west on Hatch Road on a motorcycle he was operating. The driver’s identity of the van has not yet been released by police. The van was sitting at a stop sign at Stonum and Hatch facing south. The driver of the van made a left turn onto Hatch when it cut off the motorcycle, which was traveling west. Upon arrival, police officers discovered North lying on the ground with major injuries.

The responding officers, from the Ceres Police Department, provided North with aid until he could be transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver of the van was not injured in the Ceres motorcycle accident and no charges have been filed to date. The Ceres motorcycle accident led to the closure of Hatch Road from Richland to Central Avenues until close to 10:00 pm Monday night. Police did not say if North was wearing a helmet, per the California law, at the time of the accident.

The staff at extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Alden North in this trying time. We hope they find peace and solace in the days following this tragedy.

Dangerous Roadway

This accident was the second fatal accident on Hatch Road in the past three weeks. On June 30, a passenger in a Chevy Cobalt succumbed to injuries suffered when the vehicle she was in was hit by a Nissan Frontier pickup truck as the Cobalt attempted to turn into the parking lot of a Home Depot.

Practicing Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycles are dangerous vehicles, even when operators practice safety. Drivers have a tough time seeing motorcycles on the roads of California, which is why all operators should wear reflective clothing even during daylight hours. Motorcycle riders should never assume that other motorists will see them, even if the motorcycle has the right of way. When operating a motorcycle, the rider should do so at safe speeds, not during inclement weather, and with the mindset that other motorists will not see them. These simple safety procedures can save your life the next time you go for a ride on your motorcycle.

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