Mother of three killed in I-280 motorcycle crash

Drunken driving is believed to have played a role in the fatal accident that claimed the life of a San Francisco mother of three and seriously injured a San Francisco man early Sunday, according to officials.

Nektaria Rula Calderon, 39, died after being ejected from the back of a Big Dog motorcycle driven by David Barry, 43, on Interstate Highway 280 near the John Daly Boulevard exit, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Barry suffered a major head injuries and a partially amputated left leg, and was in critical but stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital Sunday afternoon, according to a nursing staffer.

After Calderon fell from the motorcycle, Barry pulled over to the side of the highway, according to the CHP report. Calderon was then struck by a Toyota Corolla driven by San Francisco resident Glenn Ibarra, 33, who also pulled over at the scene.

Witnesses told the CHP that Barry then attempted to walk onto the highway toward Calderon’s body. He was struck by a 1998 Lexus driven by 20-year-old San Francisco resident Xiaochen Ji. Ji lost control of his car, which swerved into the fast lane and struck a Ford Mustang driven by Antioch resident Sergio Moreno, 23. Ibarra, Ji and Moreno were not injured.

Ji was arrested at the scene on a felony DUI charge, and Barry will be arrested when he is released from the hospital, according to CHP officer Mark Johnston. Investigators are looking into whether Barry was intoxicated at the time of the crash, but Johnston did not know with what he would be charged.

Meanwhile, Calderon’s family struggled to make sense of her death Sunday. She had three sons: Rico, 5, Michael, 12, and Daniel, 16, according to Carlos Calderon, her husband of 19 years.

“She was a friendly person, a good mother and a dynamite haircutter,” Calderon said. Nektaria worked at Vaso’s Hair Design on West Portal Avenue for 10 years.

Calderon didn’t know Barry, though he said the motorcyclist is one of a number of friends Nektaria was spending much of her time with in recent weeks.

“I’m going to make him pay for this, legally,” Calderon said.

bwinegarner@examiner.com

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