LANCASTER – A candlelight vigil will be held this Friday for Rachelle Adrian, the 25-year-old motorcyclist who succumbed to her injuries days after after a crash on Super Bowl Sunday.
The vigil is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the crash site, in front of Bel Air Estates, 2121 East Avenue I in Lancaster.
Rachelle was known by many to be a joyful, illuminating, and loving individual who always helped others in need, according to her friends and family.
The crash that claimed her life occurred around 8:11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, on Avenue I east of Price Lane in Lancaster, according to Detective Michael Politano of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Adrian was riding her motorcycle westbound on Avenue I, at approximately 55 miles per hour, when she collided with a stopped eastbound vehicle that was waiting for traffic to pass in order to turn left into a driveway, Politano stated.
A witness said Rachelle’s motorcycle swerved and crashed, possibly due to a vehicle that was exiting the driveway, according to Politano. The vehicle that was exiting the driveway did not stop, making it a possible non-contact hit-and-run incident.
“The circumstances which caused the motorcyclist to swerve into the stopped vehicle are still under investigation,” Politano stated.
That night, Rachelle had returned home from work at Buffalo Wild Wings, and then she left the house on her motorcycle to go visit a friend. Her brother then received a call from a family friend, who saw a news segment about a local motorcycle accident involving a female. Rachelle’s brother immediately called her several times, but she did not pick up. The Adrian family went to Antelope Valley Hospital soon after, and their worst fears were confirmed when they received further information from authorities regarding the collision.
“Witnesses recalled seeing Rachelle travel approximately 60 feet in the air beyond her collision site, before landing on an island divider,” stated close friend Susanna Luong.
Rachelle sustained numerous traumatic injuries. She slipped into a coma and was ultimately pronounced brain dead on Feb. 5.
Rachelle’s legacy will live on, her family members said. They said Rachelle was able to save two lives as an organ donor as of Feb. 7.
Her family and friends are hoping to raise awareness about non-contact hit-and-run collisions. They’re also seeking financial contributions to help defray the cost of numerous medical and funeral expenses.
To donate to this effort, visit http://www.gofundme.com/lod7pg.