LA motorcyclist killed 405 multi-vehicle crash

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January 22, 2015

A motorcycle rider was killed last Tuesday night in a multi-vehicle crash that took place on the I-405 in Los Angeles.

The incident, which occurred just before 9:00 pm at Mulholland Drive on the southbound 405, involved three passenger vehicles in addition to the motorcycle. It led to closure of the southbound and northbound lanes, leading of course to significant traffic backup.

According to officials, the incident was initiated when a Toyota Tundra lost control and collided with another vehicle. Debris from this incident struck an Audi. A Volkswagen swerved to avoid the debris, and in doing so hit the motorcyclist.

The rider, who was pronounced dead on-scene, has been identified as 39-year-old Paul Goldhammer of Van Nuys. As a result of the collision, he was ejected from his motorcycle.

Two others were taken to a hospital with injuries not said to be life-threatening.

With lanes shutdown, officials investigated the incident and removed debris. Southbound opened up around 12:30 am, while northbound remained closed until 1:45 am.

A tragedy like this is one that finds the victim in a completely random and inescapable circumstance. There was surely no fault of his which led to involvement, instead he was unequivocally at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Goldhammer. We beg you readers, please look out for yourselves and others on the roadways.