Vitaliy Lesnikov ID’d as Rider Killed in North Highlands Motorcycle Accident on Watt Avenue near Karl Drive
North Highlands, California (February 15, 2020) – The man who died in a motorcycle accident that took place in North Highlands on Tuesday night has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
28-year-old North Highlands man Vitaliy Lesnikov died in the collision that occurred on Watt Avenue, just north of Karl Drive at about 7:50 p.m. February 11.
The accident involved a 2010 BMW motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Watt Avenue and a Toyota Corolla.
The initial report indicated that the motorcyclist slammed into the rear of the Toyota for unknown reasons. Due to the impact of the collision, the rider was ejected from the bike.
Officials said the operator of the involved vehicle remained at the scene after hitting the victim.
Vitaliy Lesnikov Killed in North Highlands Motorcycle Accident
The rider, identified as Vitaliy Lesnikov, died at an area hospital at around 8:16 p.m.
Neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected factors in the accident. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
“In case of a motorcycle collision, a rider is most likely to suffer catastrophic injuries”, says Mark Shayani, an experienced personal injury attorney and managing attorney at Pacific Attorney Group.
Motorcycle crashes can cause injuries ranging from minor to severe degree or even death. Motorcyclists have less protection and thus motorists should be more cautious. Liability for motorbike accidents is based on negligence and the riders are also to blame at times. Distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, bad weather, wrong-way driving and failure to observe traffic laws are some of the causes of these traffic collisions.
While it is unclear in this incident which party is at fault, Shayani points out that it is important that the victims conduct an independent investigation to determine the cause of the crash. The investigation will collect more details including witness statements to determine the factors that led to the incident.