Coroner IDs Motorcyclist Killed in Lane-Splitting Accident

The accident occurred Sunday on Highway 101.

A motorcyclist killed Sunday night while splitting lanes on U.S. Highway 101 in San Jose was identified as 27-year-old Asgard Lopez Hernandez, the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office reported today.

The medical examiner's office was unable to confirm Hernandez's city of residence. Hernandez was driving his Harley-Davidson north on Highway 101 north of Metcalf Road at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday when he tried to pass between two cars driving side-by-side, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Amy Tritenbach.

He struck the rear of a Honda Civic and was thrown from the bike, landing in front of a Honda Accord that hit him, Tritenbach said. Hernandez, who was wearing a safety helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of both the Civic and Accord, a 35-year-old San Jose woman and a 27-year-old Fremont man, stopped and cooperated with the CHP investigation, Tritenbach said.

Investigators will have to review toxicology tests to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, but the CHP has not found anything yet to indicate that, Tritenbach said.

No one will be charged in connection with the crash, she said.

A funeral for Hernandez is being held on Monday at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose.

-- Bay City News
scout April 18, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Susan, please do research. If a bike hits the rear of an auto, it means REAREND. NOT lane splitting. If driver of struck auto is an old lady, she probably hit the brakes hard to cause the accident. If so, DMV is liable as they issued a dementian a driving license.
scout April 18, 2014 at 06:11 PM
We must, as voters, break up the media cartel so that we can get accurate and thorough reporting.


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