Trying to make a left turn off Highway 198 into the Sierra Subs and Salads parking lot on a busy Sunday afternoon can be distracting enough. Then factor in that typically the motorist’s brain is registering oncoming cars and trucks and not necessarily a sleek Suzuki motorcycle.
“I never saw him coming,” said Rachel Halter after the two-vehicle accident that occurred in Three Rivers on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2:45 p.m.
Halter, 30, of Dinuba was heading eastbound in a 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup when she attempted to turn left into the parking lot. A 2007 Suzuki 750 driven by Adam Velazquez of Pixley slammed into the passenger side of the pickup.
Several friends who were riding with Velazquez on other motorcycles came to his aid. The rider directly in front of the victim told a CHP investigator that they were cruising at 30 to 40 mph when the accident occurred.
Velazquez, 24, suffered a broken hand, lacerations to his skull and face, and a broken right leg. He was transported via ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for further treatment.
Halter was shaken up but otherwise not injured. She will be cited for an unsafe left turn that caused an accident. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.