Motorcyclist struck, killed leaving dealership
SAPD: Victim identified as 25-year-old Ruben Arizmendi; Was inexperienced rider and just purchased first bike
A motorcyclist died Tuesday evening following what police called a tragic accident on the city's Northwest Side.
It happened just before 6:00 p.m. on the IH-10 Eastbound frontage road near Northwest Parkway.
The motorcyclist, identified as 25-year-old Ruben Arizmendi, had just purchased a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja at Alamo Cycle Plex prior to the fatal accident.
"When he exited the driveway onto the frontage road, he lost control of the bike and it slid into the path of an oncoming vehicle," said SAPD Sgt. Steven Lovelady.
According to Lovelady, the motorcycle slid across three lanes of traffic before Arizmendi was run over by a Toyota 4-Runner.
The woman behind the wheel of the SUV tried to miss the rider, but ended up hitting him.
Even though the victim was wearing a helmet, he suffered massive head injuries and died at the scene.
Based on what accident investigators have learned so far, Arizmendi had little to no experience on a motorcycle and didn't have a motorcycle license.
The sales team at Alamo Cycle Plex reportedly knew he was inexperienced and offered to have the bike delivered to his house, but Arizmendi insisted on driving it home.
Sadly, his mother came to the dealership with her son and saw the accident unfold right in front of her.
"Unfortunately mom was following behind him in a vehicle and witnessed it," Lovelady said. "It was a tragic and horrific accident especially for family members to have witnessed it."
The driver of the SUV is not expected to face any charges. Police said she was not distracted and tried to avoid hitting the victim but he slid under her vehicle.
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