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Riverside Police Officer Matthew Lewis killed in off-duty motorcycle crash

PERRIS, CA (August 2, 2022) – Riverside Police officer Matthew Lewis, 45, of Nuevo, was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash with a pickup in the Nuevo area east of Perris, authorities said today.

The officer was identified by the Riverside County coroner’s office as Matthew Lewis.

“We are saddened by the tragic and sudden death of our brother, Riverside Police Sergeant Matt Lewis, who died in an off-duty motorcycle accident last night.” said Chief Larry V. Gonzalez with the Riverside Police Department. “Matt grew up in Riverside and was a 25-year veteran at RPD where he excelled as a Cadet, Police Officer, Detective, and Sergeant working a variety of assignments.”

The crash occurred about 7:15 p.m. Monday near Pico Avenue and Santa Rosa Road, said Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback.

“He was well-liked and admired, not only by those he worked alongside with at our department, but throughout the law enforcement community,” said Chief Gonzalez. “More importantly, Matt was a family man who loved his four children and one grandchild dearly.”

The crash is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

Law enforcement members escorted the coroner’s van during a procession that was carrying the officer’s body in Riverside on Monday night.

There was no report if the pickup driver was injured in the crash.

[via City News Service]

Liability In Perris Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists have a naturally small profile and are more likely to be overlooked by other drivers. Many collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous lane changes. According to California Vehicle Code 22107, “No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a motorcycle accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Driver distraction
  • Inclement weather

The family of any victim that died in a motorcycle accident may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.

Investigating Matthew Lewis’ Motorcycle Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Matthew Lewis. Anyone who may have additional information regarding this case should reach out to us. A full investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

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