The surviving two children who watched in horror as their parents were killed in the family’s SUV that was rammed by a motorcycle are a 10-year-old daughter and a 19-month-old son, authorities disclosed Monday.
The motorcycle rider was thrown into the SUV and he also was killed.
The dead parents were identified as a Riverside married couple, Bryant Brazley, 51, and his wife, Karla Brazley, 40.
They were in the front seats of their SUV, and the children escaped the Saturday afternoon crash with minor injuries, authorities said.
The motorcyclist, 28-year-old David Morales, was catapulted off of his bike and into the larger vehicle and died at the scene.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Morales was headed eastbound on Alessandro Boulevard about 2:45 p.m., approaching Barton Street in the Mission Grove area, when he came upon the SUV coming from the opposite direction.
The motorcyclist was traveling at high speed and reportedly had no time to stop when Bryant Brazley, going westbound on Alessandro, initiated a left turn in front of him near Barton, according to the CHP.
The motorcycle impacted the right passenger side of the vehicle, thrusting Morales through the window and into the cab, striking both Brazley and his wife, the CHP reported.
Firefighters had to extricate all three victims. Karla Brazley, like Morales, died at the scene. Her husband was transported to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he died less than an hour later.
The couple’s children were treated at a hospital and released to the care of relatives, according to published reports. No further details were available about the relatives or how the children were being helped to deal with the tragedy.
— Staff and wire services
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