UPDATED: Motorcyclist killed in Lancaster traffic crash

Fatal crash graphicLANCASTER – A motorcyclist was killed Friday night after he crashed into a car that turned in front of him, authorities said.

The fatal collision occurred just before 7 p.m. Friday (June 28) in the 1300 Block of East Avenue I in Lancaster, according to Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

The motorcyclist, whose name has not yet been released, was riding westbound on Avenue I when a 1995 Nissan Maxima headed eastbound on Avenue I made a left turn into the Friendly Village mobile home park, directly into the path of the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist laid his bike down and slid into the passenger side of the Maxima. He suffered major injuries and died at the scene.

Neither speed nor alcohol seems to be a factor in the collision, Jennings stated.

Authorities have not released the name of the Nissan Maxima’s driver, pending further investigation.

Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate the fatal collision and are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Traffic Enforcement Team at 661-948-8466.

UPDATED 7/1/13: The motorcyclist killed in the traffic collision has been identified as 30-year-old Christopher Thomas Enos of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

  36 comments for “UPDATED: Motorcyclist killed in Lancaster traffic crash

  1. Michael B
    August 29, 2013 at 1:11 am

    My condolences to the Enos family for their loss. Chris was great great man. I have fond memories of him from our days aboard the USS John C. Stennis. Chris made the days in the middle of the ocean fly by with his up beat out look. I’m glad to have had the chance to meet a great man. For the world has lost a great friend.

  2. Richard
    July 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Chris was a regular friend of mine for most of the last 15 years. We hadn’t talked recently, but I was still shocked and gutted when I saw the obituary. My heart goes out to his friends and family. Services will be held at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary in Lancaster. http://www.joshuamortuary.com

    • Richard
      July 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Sorry, viewing will be on July 5 from 4-5pm and services start at 5pm.

  3. Max Aquino
    July 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Chris Enos (motorcyclist) was a US Navy veteran and a former Budweiser employee and co-worker. He was my friend, and I couldn’t believe he was dead when I heard the news. Chris you will be missed, thank you so much for all the great memories. I send my condolences and my heart out to your family which I’m sure they are going through a very hard time at the moment. Don’t worry tho buddy, justice will be served. Rest in Paradise brother I will see you again someday.

  4. Related to the victim
    July 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Christopher’s family is vast & broad & extends through many states. This is traumatic to many, many, many people. My concern is for Christopher’s family & friends & my family – not for the person who drove with poor abilities. Christopher is gone and will be missed. The other person is still here for their family & friends. Grieve for the dead and pray for the living. Get your priorities straight. Quit fighting fools.

    • mick
      July 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      *applause* for your comment and heartfelt condolences to all the family and friends of Christopher.

  5. Moenna
    July 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I have not heard for sure, that the driver of the car, was unlicensed. However, if he was, then he should not have been in charge of and driving a car. If he had not been driving and on the road, there would not have been an accident.

  6. yabbadabba
    July 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Sad that thee are no candles or flowers to honor the person that died, the motorcyclist. Hope he had family and that they’re taking care funeral, etc.

  7. K.
    June 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I don’t know where you “heard” they were unlicensed, but your sources are wrong. Even if they really weren’t licensed which, again, they WERE, it would have been reported in the article like they reported that speed and alcohol weren’t involved. Someone lost a life! It was a very tragic accident, and we’re all very sad for all parties involved. How about we all stop jumping to conclusions, blaming, and convicting people based on hearsay before we know all the facts.

    • Kizzy
      July 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Someone here comment they were at the scene and heard they did not had a license , I know right people judge others right away , that’s why we have such a mess world. Instead of wishing well for the family loss, they start judging right away.

  8. June 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    A person died. Get over the nonsense . Yes, the speed limits are too high in some areas that have become more populated since they first set up these speed limits. I can’t believe some of the speed limits close to schools, and you know there are a lot of pedestrians jay-walking everywhere. I must admit that some motorcycle drivers are negligent also in that they go too fast, pass cars and without a warning they’re right next to you…and some too close for comfort. The unlicensed driver should be held responsible because he killed someone. The Friendly Village Mobile Home Park and those next to it, have crazy drivers that drive in and out as if they never bothered to look for oncoming cars or pedestrians. R.I.P. whoever you are that got killed by a very irresponsible unlicensed and I’m sure uninsured driver.

    • Greeneyes
      June 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      I had to chuckle over your remark. You told us to get over it but you continued to go on and on. We are all fed up with the Antelope Valley and it’s problems, as you are, so we have to vent. I guess we all need to go to the council meets and really vent but I don’t believe it would do much good.

      • nadia
        July 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        I know that going on and on helps vent. It is too bad that you, like me, do not think going to council meetings at Lancaster City hall would help. I don’t even know how to get on the list to have my say. Avenue I is a very dangerous street and accidents have happened in front of Friendly Village many times in the past.

      • m
        July 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        thank you! please wait until the investigation is made… I’m sure both families are going through a hard time.. He is a licensed driver! It could of happened to anyone. have some respect

  9. Greeneyes
    June 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

    An accident is something you have no control over. This was not an accident. It was negligence by driving a car that was not authorized to drive by this operator. I.e. if a child gets hurt and an adult was supposed to be watching him then that is Not an accident….it’s negligence.

    • Tak
      July 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm


  10. luvluv
    June 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    omg this was awful .. I was there at the scene mins. after it happen.I did hear the person driving the car did not even have a drivers License.My heart goes out to his family and friends.

    • Greeneyes
      June 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      That is terrible. Read the article about checkpoints last night. A lot of people up here without licenses but that doesn’t mean they know how to drive a car. I hope he/she goes to jail for manslaughter!

      • Kizzy
        June 30, 2013 at 8:05 am

        Come on, sometimes an unlicensed driver drives better than someone who has a license. Is an accident read the newspaper everyday people that holds a driver license hace accidents too just like this one. If you kill someone in an accident and is your fault driver license or no license you’ll still end up in jail. The issue. Is not the license the issue is how people drives.

        • AVGirl
          June 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

          The issue then becomes, why don’t they have a license? Did they let their insurance lapse? Too many tickets? Unable to pass the test? Suspended license? Medical reason they should not be driving? Bottom line, the driver should not have been out on the road. If they had obeyed the law, the other person might still be alive.

          • Greeneyes
            June 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

            Exactly! A license gives you the right to drive a car and you must have insurance. Because of these people I have to buy Uninsured motor vehicle insurance and I*’ve had to use it. I love to hear when the cops have the check stops. They clean up a lot.

        • highdesertjim
          June 30, 2013 at 11:26 am

          “Come on, sometimes an unlicensed driver drives better than someone who has a license. “
          Well with that scientific fact, I can sleep easier. A license at least indicates that the driver passed a written and practical test.
          I hope the driver gets the maximum punishment. A life of a motorcyclist seems to be less valuable than a car driver for some reason.

        • sikntired
          June 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

          Limits and boundaries for a lawful (as opposed to lawless) society, that’s why you need to have a license.

      • scooby
        June 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        “A lot of people up here without licenses”

        …and people want to get rid of checkpoints. lol

    • me
      June 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Frist of all Luv Luv how in the hell did you hear that the driver had no license…. U must be a lil girl learn to shut up about what other people tell you, unless it comes out the persons who did it, you don’t know what the hell he had. And second of all I was there and the man asked to see my phone to call his mom, yes I asked him his name is John he said he had license…. the police didn’t even give any type of ticket…. duh duh…. you need to learn to keep your mouth shut and accusing people ..

      • AVGirl
        June 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        Just because the driver of the car was not cited does not means he won’t be charged at a later date.

  11. Greeneyes
    June 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    They state that speed wasn’t a factor. OK. I’m so sorry for this person who died and their family.

    BUT…..Since I moved up here I have been so angry because the speed limits are so high. At one time this was just a desert area with highways but now it’s a community of homes and the speeds should be reduced. Now they’re raising them! What is wrong with you people?

    Our city councils are nuts and they and our mayors are responsible in my opinion, for every death by vehicles speeding on city streets. The speed limits should be lowered to speeds like the SF Valley.

    Shame on them all!

    • AVGirl
      June 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Sounds more like the driver of the Nissan just didn’t see the motorcycle.

      My husband and I ride and I can’t count the number of times drivers fail to see us, nearly causing an accident. And we ride a candy apple red Honda VTX 1300 (pretty big bike)plus it is loud, kind of hard to miss you would think. Imagine someone on a smaller bike how easily they can be missed.

      • Greeneyes
        June 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        For every motorcycle accident I see, I wonder who was at fault. I nearly hit one because he was in my blind side. Now I am very careful to look before changing lanes. I wish my son would drive his car instead of his bike.

        Be safe!

        • AVGirl
          June 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm

          It is probably a mixture of both, inexperienced bikers and unaware motorists.

          The CHP runs motorcyclist awareness classes, I highly recommend taking one.


    • Donna
      June 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      I agree the speed limits are outrageous out here, any accident is going to be major and if you do survive we have no Trauma Center Hospitals!!! I know I have driven both directions on Ave I and during 7pm ish, sometimes the sun is so bright going down that it blinds you. It is a shame someone lost their life, (RIP) but for someone not to have a DL infuriates me. I hope they were taken to jail, this was a death that might have been avoided.

      • Kizzy
        June 30, 2013 at 7:59 am

        License or no license Accidents do happen. It has nothing to do with having a license. Don’t you read this newspaper everyday.

        • AVGirl
          June 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

          Again, have to question why the person didn’t have a license in the first place. If it was because they had it suspended or revoked, then they should not have been driving period and a person might still be alive today.

          Yes accidents happen, but what if the reason the driver didn’t have a license was because they couldn’t pass the driving test, or had so many tickets their license was revoked? That means the driver disregarded everyone else’s safety by getting behind the wheel. How very selfish.

      • Uncle Tom
        June 30, 2013 at 9:01 am

        AV hospital is a trauma hospital, just wanted to point that out as an FYI.

        • AVGirl
          June 30, 2013 at 9:47 am

          AV is only a level II as far as I know, not the highest, which is level I. Better then not having none at all though.

          • Kizzy
            July 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

            What ever it is .. Is was an accident and is not the first one. I don’t see why is the issue of a license. I feel sorry that you had to get uninsured motorist , but I don’t think your a perfect driver, and accident like this doesn’t happen to you when your at fault.
            Is an ACCIDENT ACCIDENT. Could happen to anyone.

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