This hit-and-run crash on an LA freeway is shocking, but also amazing as the rider received only minor injuries.
It was recorded by driver Will Panda on his mobile phone about 7pm on Friday (19 June 2020).
“I saw a van coming up behind us with sparks flying and then we caught this passing us by,” he says on his YouTube channel where he posted the video.
“A hit and run driver in Corona smashed into a motorcycle, pinning it under his bumper and dragging it off the highway. We doubled back to see if we could find him but he had run his car into a fence and presumably took off running.
“It looked straight out of a movie, we could not believe it, we hope the motorcyclist is okay!”
California Highway Patrol say the crash happened at 104km/h and threw Honda CBR600 rider Chain Arunritthirot 60m into freeway traffic.
He is ok, but has complained about pain to his arms and legs.
Chain says he felt like he was targeted by the driver.
“Oh, this guy did try to kill me … I feel like it was intentional, like he hunted me down,” he says.
Honda Odyssey driver George Valentin has now been charged with a hit-and-run felony.
Hit and run crashes
We have reported on many hit-and-run crashes involving motorcycles over the years.
It seems drivers think they can get away with hitting a motorcycle and doing a runner.
There can be several reasons for this, mainly the fact that a crash wth a motorcycle tends to have minimal impact on a four-wheeled vehicle so it is capable of driving off.
The fact that the bike and rider may be incapacitated also means they are unlikely to be able to give chase.
But we also wonder if there is a growing callous disregard for the health and safety of riders.
Do they view us as having a death wish?
Hit-and-run drivers face heftier penalties if caught, including lengthy jail time, depending on the jurisdiction.
However, they are only charged with leaving the scene of an accident if there is a death, injury, or a tow truck is required and the incident is reported to police.
Not only do drivers face tougher penalties for leaving the scene of an accident where someone is injured, but it also decreases a victim’s chance of survival.