More than any other drivers, motorcyclists, and their passengers are more exposed to the hazards of the road. Those dangers are increased even more, and an accident might quickly turn into a tragedy if another driver chooses to drive after they’ve been drinking.
The San Bernardino Sun reported what happened over the weekend when a motorcyclist was critically injured after a crash on Sunday with a suspected DUI driver.
Authorities said in a statement that the crash happened late Sunday, February 6, at approximately 10:24 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 74 and Trumble Road in Menifee.
According to the police report, 31-year-old Nathan Stipp was driving his Toyota pickup truck heading eastbound on Highway 74 when he turned into the westbound lane in front of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The motorcyclist struck the pickup truck, and the biker was ejected from his motorcycle.
Paramedics who responded to the scene of the crash rushed the motorcyclist by ambulance to Inland Valley Medical Center. A spokesperson for the Menifee Police Department said in a statement that the biker is currently listed in critical condition.
Officers at the scene of the crash arrested Stipp on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. After appearing before a judge, he is currently being held in French Valley at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
The crash is currently under investigation.