The motorcycle rider, 23-year-old Jorge Alejandro Ruiz-Gandara of Riviera Beach, was driving northbound on Military Trail near West Palm Beach. The four-door Toyota, driven by an 82-year-old driver, was also heading northbound in a separate lane. The Sheriff’s Office says the Toyota driver attempted to turn right and go south instead. However, the Toyota traveled eastbound into the northbound lanes and the path of the Suzuki motorcycle. Ruiz-Gandera was wearing a helmet, and was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The Toyota driver was unhurt, and the report says charges are pending.
If there was negligence on the part of the Toyota driver or the auto manufacturer, Ruiz-Gandara’s family may have grounds to move forward with a civil Wrongful Death case.