UPDATE: Jonathan Waters of Chez Panisse killed on bicycle by minivan

Posted: June 6, 2022

BERKELEY, CA (June 2, 2022) – Jonathan Waters, 60, was tragically killed on his bicycle when he was struck by a minivan on Saturday, May 28, according to SF Chronicle. Waters had been the wine director for Chez Panisse for 32 years.

Waters lived in Berkeley and was on his way home when the accident occurred on Shattuck Avenue and 55th Street around 10:30 p.m. Emergency response took Waters to Highland Hospital, where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries around 7:40 a.m.

The driver of the minivan was identified as an 18-year-old from Alamo who remained on the scene while the accident was being investigated.

The accident is still being investigated, so additional details, including the possibility of the involvement of drugs and alcohol, are still unknown.

Jonathan Waters will be missed by the community, especially those with whom he shared his love of food and wine.

UPDATE June 6, 2022 – Oakland Police have said that charges won’t be filed against the driver that struck Waters on May 28. Officers were able to determine the cause of the accident was Waters making a left turn in front of the minivan on Shattuck and 55th. Unfortunately, the driver was unable to react or see Waters on his bicycle. Waters suffered serious head injuries as a result and passed at the hospital several hours later.

Liability In Berkeley Bicycle Accidents

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting bicyclists and other pedestrians. According to California Vehicle Code 21200, “A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10.” There are number of common causes of motorcycle accidents including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Prescription drug use
  • Inclement weather

The family of any victim that died in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved and protected after an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Berkeley Bicycle Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jonathan Waters. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Berkeley? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.


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