Yikes. The unlicensed (permit) 15 y.o. pickup driver made a bad left (“left cross”); killing a motor scooter rider. March 12, 2014. The driver fled the scene.
Some reports referred to the victim’s vehicle as a scooter, and another a motorized scooter… from the pics it was apparently what is officially called a “Motor driven cycle”; which is like a motorcycle but with a limit on engine power; i.e. more power than a moped and less than a “full” motorcycle.
Mesa police plan to recommend hit-and-run charges against a 15-year-old boy who caused a fatal accident on Wednesday afternoon when he made left turn in front of a scooter, according to a police spokesman.
Police did not identify the boy because he is a juvenile, but the victim was identified as Mason Merrill, 22, who was aided by a detective who happened upon the collision on University Drive just east of Alma School Road.
In bicyclist crash types, this is called a type “212 – Motorist Left Turn—Opposite Direction”. In addition to the hit and run, a bad left (28-772) is a 28-672 enabler — that is to say, if the driver made a bad left, he should be charged with 28-672, “Causing serious physical injury or death by a moving violation”, a misdemeanor, in connection with the incident.
I would imagine that motorcyclists (including mopeds, motorscooters and to some extent motorized bicyclists, not to mention this other motorized bicyclist killed by a hit and run driver) are more prone to being victimized in this way. See more at cyclist-killed-in-carefree which discusses the NHTSA report Fatal Two-Vehicle Motorcycle Crashes.