January 10, 2014

An accident on Monday evening left a man highly-esteemed in the medical world dead at the scene of the crash.

The incident occurred just before 6:00 pm near Mountain Street. The victim is identified as 53-year-old Thomas Grosch of La Canada Flintridge. He was riding his Harley Davidson on the SR-2 Glendale Freeway when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of his motorcycle. As the Harley overturned he was reportedly ejected from the bike (most likely a high-side) and died shortly thereafter of massive injuries from the impact that followed.

Officer Tom Miller of the California Highway Patrol's Altadena station says that the bike skidded for at least 100 yards before coming to a stop.

Mr. Grosch had a history as Chief of Surgery at two different hospitals as well as Chairman for the ear, nose and throat department of Providence Saint Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank. According to Sonia Astrid Solin, spokeswoman for Glendale Memorial Hospital, Grosch had worked with the staff there for nearly 15 years.

He was described by a co-worker as a "breath of fresh air" in addition to being a safe motorcyclist who has been riding since he was a child. Apparently Monday was the first day back for Mr. Grosch after a family vacation.

The circumstances of this accident are vague and the cause unknown. For this reason anyone who may have witnessed or has details about the crash is urged to contact investigators at the Altadena CHP station by phone at 626-296-8100.

In the motorcycle riding world we see that time and time again tragedy strikes when least expected. For your average rider it most often is not on the track but instead a normal day, during the morning or evening commute. For this reason preventing them from occurring is no simple task. Even with militant awareness all of us are capable of being caught off guard by a quickly changing situation, or surprised by our motorcycle reacting in an unpredictable way. The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest condolences to the affected family and friends of this rider, and urge our readers to please be careful on the roadways.