SAPD: Man killed while driving off lot with new motorcycle had no license


by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on July 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 3:21 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Investigators say a man killed along the I-10 access road on Tuesday evening had no motorcycle license and had refused to have the dealership deliver the motorcycle to his home.

Ruben Arizmendi, 25, was hit and killed after losing control of his Kawasaki motorcycle just before 6 p.m.

He had just finished paperwork to buy the motorcycle at the Alamo Cycle-Plex and had turned right onto the access road between DeZavala and Huebner roads.

According to witnesses, Arizmendi fell off the motorcycle and slid across several lanes of traffic before he was struck by a Toyota 4Runner.

Arizmendi suffered massive head trauma and died at the scene.

The woman driving the 4Runner was not ticketed.

"We can learn a young man's life was cut short, and that possibly through better education he might have made a different decision and this might not have been the same outcome," said Cathy Bochat, owner of The Motorcycle School and Bodacious Bikes.

Bochat said she refuses to let people drive motorcycles off her lot until they have received their motorcycle endorsement and can demonstrate driving skills.

A source familiar with the investigation into Arizmendi's death told KENS 5 he decided not to have the motorcycle dropped off at home and had signed a waiver acknowledging he had not been trained to ride the motorcycle.

Motorcycle drivers caught riding without a license face a fine of several hundred dollars.

However, Bochat said San Antonio could do a better job of enforcing the law.

"If you're breaking the law, endangering other people around you, not trained to be doing what your doing, then your probably not doing it right," Bochat said.

The sales manager for Alamo Cycle-Plex referred all media inquiries to San Antonio Police since the accident happened off dealership property.

Bochat said bills have been proposed at the Texas legislature that would hold dealerships responsible for selling motorcycles to people without licenses, but the bills have yet to make it out of committee.

Tuesday's fatal accident was strikingly similar to one at the same location July 27, 2011, in which a 43-year-old man was hit and killed as he exited Alamo Cycle-Plex onto the access road.