Month: June 2016

Car and Motorcycle Fatally Collide on South Carolina’s I-95

Thursday was a tragic day on Interstate 95 after a tractor trailer and a Kawasaki motorcycle collided. The bike, driven by 20-year-old Joshua Wilson Pinilla, hit the back of a car. He was then thrown from his motorcycle and the tractor trailer ran over him.

At approximately 5:00pm close to the Sheridan Street exist, Pinilla was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck and the car were not injured in the accident.

As a result of the crash, there was a significant traffic jam, as three lanes were closed for cleanup and investigation. Investigators talked to witnesses and surveyed the wreckage before clearing the scene.

Pinilla is described as both a motorcycle and a car enthusiast. He was on his 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle going south on the highway. He rear-ended Doracy DeMagalhaes-Burns’ 2008 Chrysler.

After his bike hit the back of the Chrysler, he was catapulted into the air and the truck Gregory Barrington Henry was driving, a 2001 Freightliner Truck, hit Pinilla.

The media reached out to the parents and other family members of Pinilla after the accident. They did not respond and appear to understandably want their privacy at this time.

However, George Pinilla, the victim’s father, wrote about his son on his son’s Facebook page to express his sadness over this tragedy. He wrote, “Rest in peace my son. I love you so much, I wish God would have taken me instead. You have no idea how much I love you. I miss you and I would give my life for you.”

Pinilla went to Weston’s Cypress Bay High School. He was a frequent part of the local motorcycle community and belonged to several online groups for this purpose. He was a member of a group that works to promote motorcycle safety and raise awareness about motorcycle accidents in South Florida, known as Rider Down.

Pinilla shared his last photo on his Facebook page on February 9, 2016. The photo was of his black Kawasaki motorcycle and the caption that does with the photo read, “Because new exhaust…”

“When loved ones get a call that there has been an accident, their first and only thought is how the victim is doing. Issues of liability are the furthest thing from their mind,” says Joe and Martin, attorney and managing partner at a top South Carolina personal injury firm. “This is where I come in. I want the victim and their family to focus on what is most important and I am there to help them deal with the legal aspects of the situation.”

Authorities are still investigating this case to determine the cause of this fatal accident. At this time, the family of Pinilla are maintaining their privacy and mourning their loved one in private. Police department is willing to accept all the information and the help they can get from eye witness and they hope this will be resolve soon. It is unknown how long it will take to complete the investigation to bring this tragic accident to a conclusion.