Victor Earhart was famous in California for his passion for skateboarding, even at 70 years old. He owned Sector 9, a skateboarding company based in San Diego, but his fame was more based around the pictures of him that were shared all over the Internet. His beard and hair were stark white as he skateboarded down roads all over California, smiling as he rode.
Tragically, the skateboarder was killed in a motorcycle accident in San Diego's North County late last month. Reportedly, another vehicle drove in front of him, and he slammed into it on his 1973 Honda 350 motorcycle. Earhart was tossed off of the bike. A police officer responded quickly to the scene and attempted to help, but it was too late to save the skateboarder.
The Toyota Prius that Earhart struck had reportedly pulled up to a stop sign and then attempted to turn north, pulling out in front of the motorcycle. The driver did reportedly not see the bike, which is a common problem with motorcycles.
Those at the company that Earhart co-owned took the accident very hard. Many were reportedly in tears after hearing the news. They're working now to set up an event in his honor. The company also posted pictures of Earhart online to break the news to the public, calling him a great ambassador for the sport.
As noted, accidents in which drivers don't see motorcycles are all too common since motorcycles are so much smaller than passenger cars. When this leads to deadly accidents, family members may have a right to compensation for their loss.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man killed in North County crash was famed skateboarder," David Hernandez, Nov. 28, 2016