Motorcyclist Killed by 18-Wheeler in Hit-and-Run on I-880 in Hayward, CA
Hayward, CA — October 31, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a possible hit-and-run collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 880 in Hayward.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 11:55 a.m. along southbound I-880 near A Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the motorcyclist was headed south on the freeway when it may have gone down for unknown reasons. After the initial crash investigators believe the rider was struck by a passing 18-wheeler that left the scene without stopping.
The investigation is ongoing as police seek more information about the truck and its driver.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run on I-880 in Hayward
It's obviously very concerning that the truck involved in this fatal accident left the scene. Investigators mentioned it's possible the trucker didn't realize they hit someone, and while that's possible I'm a little skeptical. Much of it would depend on how far apart the truck and the motorcycle were, as well as exactly what the truck driver was doing as they passed through. It seems like someone paying proper attention would have seen an overturned motorcycle and prone rider in broad daylight, but allowing the truck driver to tell their side of things is only right.
Of course, should the truck driver not come forward after learning they were part of that collision there may be other questions to ask. Chief among those would be "Why don't they contact police?" There's always a concern in these situations that the driver had something specific they wanted to hide, like intoxicated driving, warrants, a suspended license, violating hours of service, or something else they felt would get them in more hot water. There's also the unlikely but troubling thought that they learned they hit someone, told their employer, and were instructed to keep quiet.
I'm not claiming to know more than the little police seem to at this point. I want as much as anyone else for the truck driver to be located and some much-needed answers to be found. The victim's loved ones deserve to know every effort was made to find the truth. Any steps beyond that would depend on what that truth is.