San Jose, CA – Daniel Tapia Arrested Following Fatal McLaughlin Avenue Crash
San Jose, CA (August 15, 2018) – A deadly crash occurred on Tuesday in San Jose. Around 7:35 am, an unidentified woman was riding a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle in the southbound lanes of McLaughlin Avenue. A blue Honda Accord, also in the southbound lanes, attempted to make a U-turn in the middle of the roadway. The U-turn covered at least two lanes of traffic. The Accord was in the far right hand lane and attempted to turn into the northbound lanes of McLaughlin During the process of the U-turn the Honda Accord struck the motorcycle.
The ensuing collision resulted in critical injuries to the motorcyclist. She was transported to a local hospital but later died form her injuries. Her name has not been released pending next of kin notification.
Meanwhile, police began investigating the Accord driver for the U-turn. He was later identified as 23 year old San Jose resident Daniel Douglas Tapia. Following investigation, Tapia was arrested and charged with manslaughter and driving without a valid license.
Further investigation of this crash is ongoing.
Southern California Car Accidents
We are saddened to hear of this fatal accident in San Jose.
Many car accidents are preventable. The majority of accidents occur due to drivers failing to follow the rules of the road and take basic safety precautions. Things such as stopping at all stop lights and stop signs, not texting while driving and paying attention to all cars around you can result in much safer roadways for everyone.
Unfortunately, many drivers act very carelessly and recklessly on the roads of Southern California. This accident is an example of that behavior. If Daniel Tapia indeed attempted a U-turn across two lanes of traffic then his actions were unquestionably negligent. In this case, the negligence had very tragic consequences.
The family of the deceased motorcyclist will now have the right to bring a wrongful death claim against Tapia for his actions on Tuesday.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of negligence, you need a Southern California personal injury attorney to assist you. At the Los Angeles Injury Group, we want to help. For a free consultation, call us at 310-954-7248.
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