Police say a Kerman school district employee has died following a motorcycle accident early Monday morning.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 54-year-old Lawrence Sanchez was riding his motorcycle in Fresno County when he was struck by a Nissan Frontier at the intersection of Whitesbridge and Monroe Avenues.
The driver of the car, 23-year-old Latoya Green, was allegedly intoxicated at the time the accident occurred. She has since been charged with suspicion of DUI, vehicular manslaughter and driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Police believe that Mr. Sanchez was riding behind Ms. Green's vehicle when she began to make a left turn headed southbound on Monroe Avenue. Without warning, Ms. Green then made an immediate turn in the opposite direction, causing Mr. Sanchez to collide with the right side of the vehicle. Upon impact, the victim was thrown from his motorcycle and into the street. He died a short time later from his injuries.
Mr. Sanchez had been employed by the Kerman Unified School District for over 30 years and was head custodian at the time of his death. School staff members are planning a memorial in his honor.
The fatal motorcycle accident comes just days after an off-duty Fresno police officer was struck by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle. In that incident, which occurred Saturday evening near Clovis, the 24-year-old driver pulled directly into the motorcyclist's path, causing the victim to collide with the vehicle and be thrown approximately 15 feet into the street. The driver in that case is facing two felony charges while the victim, Steve Hunts, remains hospitalized with serious injuries.
In both motorcycle accidents, the victim was either seriously hurt or killed due to the carelessness of a drunk driver. Under California law, the victims and their families are entitled to seek compensation for outstanding medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and the pain and suffering they've experienced as a result of the negligent driver's actions. Hopefully, they will seek the services of an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney to aid in representing their case.
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