According to a 10News report dated February 17, 2009, a 21-year-old Marine named Bradley Waterman was killed on Route 66 after his motorcycle spun out of control. CHP and Military authorities have yet to determine the cause of the accident. The Indiana native apparently lost control of his bike and drove into an oncoming pickup truck. The driver of the truck responsibly stopped and attempted life saving measures, but resuscitation attempts failed at the scene.
Despite his relatively young age, Waterman had received numerous decorations from the Marine Corps and Navy, including medals for serving in the Iraq campaign. He was based out of Camp Pendleton.
The death of a vital young 21-year-old Marine would be tragic in any context. In fact, given that so many motorcycle crashes are preventable, the situation seems even more frustrating and saddening.
Finding the ultimate cause of a bike crash can be an involved business. Automotive forensic science has made strides in the past decade, there is still much we don’t know about why crashes occur when they do.