Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on SH 223 near Lamont, CA
Lamont, CA — December 4, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 223 near Lamont.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly after noon along Highway 223 at Edison Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was westbound on the highway when the driver started to make a left turn onto southbound Edison. The motorcyclist, traveling west behind the truck, allegedly merged left to pass it but entered its path as it turned. The truck and motorcycle crashed in the eastbound roadway.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 223 near Lamont
Authorities seem to think this crash was largely due to an unfortunately-timed passing maneuver. I have no specific reason to doubt them, but long years in my field have also taught me to take preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt. Sometimes things are as simple as a few sentences in the news make them sound, but people would be shocked how often a second look reveals missed details or a completely different story. Will police take the time and care needed to ensure they have all the facts, or are they satisfied with their conclusions and already moving on?