Four motorcyclists who were friends and rode together regularly were traveling westbound on Los Berros at about approximately 3:45 p.m. Suddenly one of the riders accelerated too quickly and struck the back of the lead rider’s bike, Richard Tafolla, 27.
The rider who triggered the collision only being ID’ed as a 27-year-old Santa Maria man careened off the road and into a metal post. He suffered a major head injury and did not survive the impact of the blow and pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, Tafolla was thrown from his bike he had been operating, a 2004 Yamaha, sustaining a moderate leg injury and was transported to a local area hospital.
At this point, it remains unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a role as the California Highway Patrol have been assigned investigation responsibilities.
The staff members of Johnson Attorneys Group thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family and friends during such difficult times.
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