Nipomo man killed in motorcycle crash on Highway 101
September 29, 2016
A 29-year-old Nipomo man died after crashing his motorcycle on Highway 101 in Carpinteria Wednesday morning. David Jacob Franks crashed his bike while trying to ride between lanes of traffic. [KCOY]
Around 7:40 a.m., Franks was riding a 2003 Suzuki northbound on the highway near the Santa Monica exit. Franks drove in between a Honda Civic in the fast lane and a Chevy Blazer in the number two lane.
For an unknown reason, Franks drove his motorcycle into the side of the Blazer. He then veered in to the number 1 lane and slammed into the back of the Civic.
The collision with the Civic threw Franks off his motorcycle and onto the right shoulder. Medical responders declared him dead at the scene of the crash.
Neither of the other two drivers involved in the accident suffered injuries. The crash caused a heavy back-up during rush hour.
Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law authorizing the CHP to develop safety guidelines for lane splitting motorcylists. As of Jan. 1, California will be the only state with a law confirming the legality of lane splitting.