Sunday Morning a CHP Officer was involved in a single vehicle accident. The CHP Officer Crashed into a freeway divider. The Officer sustained scrapes and bruises and broken bones. He was Airlifted to the hospital and is expecting a full recovery. Traffic was back up for miles on the 101 freeway as multiple lanes were closed 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. As cause of the accident is still unknown, always remember the importance of target fixation. The Los Angeles Motorcycle Lawyers at RiderzLaw wish the CHP Officer a Speedy recovery.
Sunday Afternoon, around 2:00 p.m., an accident eastbound on Highway 126 near Piru was reported. it was involving two Motorcyclist and a Subaru. The original report has the Motorcyclist rear ending the Subaru. although, still under investigation. Multiple fire department crews and two ambulances were called to the scene, with eastbound traffic delayed for a time as the aftermath blocked the slow lane. Two patients were taken by ambulance to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita. Their injuries were described as moderate to major. The Los Angeles Motorcycle Lawyers wish the Riderz and speedy recovery and hope they are back on twos fast.
August 4, 2015 A PCH motorcycle crash involving a motorcycle and a passenger car resulted in serious injuries and the northbound lanes of the Pacific Coast Highway being shutdown. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the incident occurred around 11:30 am on Sunday, July 26 in the Pacific Palisades area (about 3 miles north of Santa Monica). The male and female riders of the motorcycle were rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The passengers of the car (also a male and female) declined treatment by paramedics. They were allowed to leave the scene of the incident. No mention of at-fault parties or charges/citations was made. Given that the passengers of the car were released, it’s implied they are not facing charges. All-too-often, leisurely Sunday rides take tragic turns for the worse. The riders in this instance were lucky to come away with their lives – the victims in many of the cases our firm deals with cannot
July 10, 2015 The actor who plays “Nathan” on the show General Hospital has been injured in a motorcycle accident. Ryan Paevey was camping with friends at Chilao Campground, located in the Angeles National Forest, when the incident occurred. Injuries to his wrist were such that the actor required surgery. Celebrity Dirty Laundry, an online tabloid, says Paevey acquired the motorcycle in December 2014. No further details were offered regarding the incident or how writers/producers will deal with the injury as it relates to the show. The first year of motorcycle ownership can be dangerous for any rider. In the beginning riders will consciously be cautious. As time goes on and riders become more comfortable on their bike, so too does their confidence. New riders should be careful not to allow their confidence gains to exceed their actual experience level on a new to them motorcycle. The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish a speedy recovery to Mr.
June 26, 2015 A head-on Los Angles motorcycle crash with a fire truck was captured by the rider’s helmet mounted GoPro camera. The incident took place April 1, 2015 but the footage was not posted publicly to YouTube until June 5, 2015. The rider, 24-year-old Jesse Lopez, was riding his Yamaha FZ-07 on Glendora Ridge Road back in Angeles National Forest. The video shows him winding his way on the road when, after coming around a blind turn, he finds himself headed straight on with a Los Angeles county firetruck. Lopez makes a clear struggle to reposition the bike once he sees the firetruck, but he fails to avoid what appeared in the video to surely be a fatal impact. Miraculously, Lopez survived the incident with multiple compound fractures and a broken arm. The video shows him conscious following the incident. Lopez has no doubts that he is lucky to be alive. Following the crash and after seeing the footage (he doesn’t
December 12, 2014 A Los Angeles man was killed after falling into the LA River late last month. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Damien Phillips of Los Angeles. Authorities say that he was riding westbound on the 91 freeway when he struck a guardrail and was ejected down into the river. Authorities with the California Highway Patrol say that the incident occurred near Atlantic Avenue just before 10:30 pm. Phillips was riding his 2006 Yamaha when he contacted the freeway’s right guardrail. Long Beach fire paramedics found him in the riverbed below, pronouncing him dead just after 11:00 pm. Tragedies such as these are some of the most troubling for the riding community, leaving behind nothing but questions as to the cause, and grief over the effect. It may never be completely clear what caused Damien Phillips to collide with the guardrail. The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to
Decemer 28, 2014 A New York City/Brooklyn pop artist who had recently moved to Los Angeles was killed while riding his motorcycle earlier this month. The artist, 29-year-old Mikey Hodges AKA Pop Zeus was riding his motorcycle on Broadway when a 78-year-old woman turned into his path. Hodges was unable to avoid collision. The incident occurred on Thursday, December 18th just before 3:00 pm. The woman, who apparently didn’t see Hodges, was attempting to turn onto Cesar Chavez Avenue. It is reported that Hodges was ejected from his bike and thrown to the street. He later died after being transported to the hospital. Sgt. S. Bailey of the LAPD reports that the woman stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. She was neither cited nor arrested, though the investigation is ongoing. Two fundraisers have been setup here and here which will help his family, who lives in Indiana, pay for expenses. Earlier this year, Pop Zeus released the EP
December 30, 2014 A rider was killed Saturday in an accident in Lancaster. According to California Highway Patrol officer Richard McAllister, the incident took place just before 12:30 pm at the intersection of San Francisquito Canyon Road and Spunky Canyon Road. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Carlos Veliz of Lancaster. He was riding his Yamaha motorcycle when, according to John Lutz of the CHP, he collided with a 2005 Nissan pickup truck. The unidentified driver of the Nissan was traveling in the opposite direction of Veliz. She sustained minor injuries in the crash. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but authorities say that neither drugs nor alcohol are a factor. With the cause of this tragedy under investigation, there really is no telling what might have gone wrong which led to the death of Carlos Veliz. Frankly, no placement of blame will bring the young rider back to those who lost him. The Los Angeles motorcycle
February 10, 2015 A woman was killed on Super Bowl Sunday when, during a short two-mile ride near home, she lost control of her motorcycle and was ejected from the bike. Police say the incident may have been instigated by a vehicle pulling out of a mobile home park on Avenue I near East 20th Street in Lancaster. The other driver never stopped. (Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is encouraged to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at (661) 948-8466) The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Rachelle Adrian. She had just spent the day pridefully showing off her new motorcycle to family members, and at around 8 pm was going to make a quick trip to a friend’s house who also wanted to check out the bike. But she was never to arrive. Afterwards Jhayrieson Adrian, Rachelle’s brother, received a chilling text from a friend. “He said there was a motorcycle accident in Lancaster with a female…I called
February 5, 2015 A crash took place last Friday in Glendora which caused a motorcycle rider to be rushed to the hospital with injuries. According to the Califorinia Highway Patrol, the incident occurred on the 210 freeway in Glendora. Just before 3:00 pm, the motorcycle collided with the rear of a passenger vehicle around the I-57 interchange. The LA County Fire Department reports that the rider was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby trauma center. CHP officials said that the roadway was cleared of the accident before 3:30 pm. As a rider it’s an easy trap to fall into, believing that other drivers on the road will be deliberate and predictable with their actions. The unfortunate truth is that often vehicles do not give warning (or even have discernible reason) for swerving, slamming on their brakes or both. Many riders will swear by lane-splitting for this reason. The theory is that by working your way through traffic rather than pacing
Photo from OnSceneVideo.tv & the LA Times 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
December 10, 2014 A sheriff’s deputy in Los Angeles was injured early on Wednesday on Topanga Canyon Road. According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the incident, involving only a single vehicle, occurred at about the 1500 block of N. Topanga Canyon. The victim has been identified as Deputy Timothy White. Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez stated that “Deputy White was riding a department motorcycle when he struck a patch of gravel on the roadway and subsequently collided into the hillside.” The officer is said to have been transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. We’ve all learned at some point or another that on motorcycles, traction is everything. Unlike a car, even the most brief loss of traction can result in a bike going down, with the rider given little opportunity to correct. In this case it’s likely that the patch of gravel was found on a corner the officer had maneuvered day in and day out, spilled from a
November 30, 2014 An accident in Montebello has led to the death of one and the injury of another. Officials with the Montebello Police Department say they responded to the incident just before 4:45 am at the 400 block of East Avenida de la Merced. On-scene they found a man (the driver) and woman (the passenger), both suffering from severe injuries. Preliminary reports indicate that the motorcycle was traveling east on the roadway when, for unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the bike and struck a curb. The riders were ejected from the motorcycle, causing the injuries. The man was rushed to Los Angeles County Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. He has been identified as 19-year-old Hugo Fragoso of Montebello. The female rider also sustained severe injuries, but medical officials say she is expected to survive. In the dark and cold early hours of the morning, it is common for issues to befall unexpecting riders.
An LAPD officer was injured after falling off his motorcycle in Elysian Park. Following the incident he sent out an officer needs help call which was responded to by authorities in the area. On scene, officers found the victim on the roadway. The officer was conscious and breathing, and according to reports he refused to be transported to the hospital. Though some may see police officers as a nuisance to the biker community, let’s not forget that they are our brothers just as much as other riders. We may be motorcycle accident lawyers, but we are–first and foremost–motorcyclists ourselves, and we hate to see any rider go down. Fortunately, it appears that the LAPD officer is okay. His refusal to be transported to the hospital means his ego was probably more affected by the incident than his body. Good luck at the precinct after this one! We remind all of our readers (including the boys in blue) to ride safely
Photo courtesy of NBC Los Angeles December 18, 2013 A Los Angeles motorcycle police officer has been injured in a collision with a pickup truck. The accident occurred just before 6:30 am this morning near the intersections of La Brea Avenue and Washington Boulevard. Apparently the white pickup truck was pulling out of a driveway when the motorcycle struck the left side of the bed. The collision ejected the officer from his bike who landed in the street. He suffered a broken wrist and other minor injuries. He was rushed to the hospital and is in stable condition. Though the investigation is on-going, the driver of the truck has already been issued a ticket for driving without a license. It is unclear if this means the driver does not have a valid driving license, or if he simply did not have it on him at the time of the crash, which is also a citable offense. It goes without saying
An accident occurred on the westbound side of the I-10 on Monday morning at approximately 7:00 AM. Among the vehicles involved was a motorcycle. On scene the LA County Fire Department administered medical assistance to those those requiring it. Among those being treated was a motorcycle rider who was knocked off his bike in the ordeal. Responders would later right the bike and push it into the emergency lane. The incident would leave the I-10 westbound with but one lane open, backing traffic up for miles. No further reports on the condition of those injured have been released, and it was not noted if anyone required transportation to emergency care. Stories like these remind us that no matter how checked up we think we are on the road, us riders are extremely vulnerable to those around us. As Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers we understand that motorcyclists can easily fall victim to their circumstances, such as in this case when
October 29, 2013 A Rancho Palos Verdes man was killed in a crash in San Pedro last Tuesday. According to Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, the rider, 27-year-old Kristopher M. Kassabian, was pronounced dead at the site of the crash which occurred on Gunnel Avenue near west 25th Street. The crash happened just after midnight, when the motorcycle collided with a pickup truck. Mr. Kassabian was ejected from his motorcycle, flying over a wall and into the backyard of an apartment complex. The investigation, which is ongoing, is being conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department South Traffic Division. The details of this accident are limited but one thing is for sure, it`s a tragic story of a young rider being taken too soon. Riding at night can often become disconcerting for riders. Something as simple as a helmet shield fogging up can for a moment distract a rider, or just as easily hinder depth
Earlier in the month, a motorcyclist wanted for suspicion of reckless driving charges took police officers on a chase across two counties that finally ended in him dropping his bike onto a dirt road under construction. The bizarre chase was riddled with provocation from the rider, including him flipping off police officers, punching car mirrors as he rode by, standing on his bike and making what appeared to be gestures egging the pursuant officers on. Click here to watch the YouTube video of the chase (Opens in new window) Of course, as Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers we always are there to look out for our fellow riders, but this is an example of someone out of control, and a danger to themselves, drivers around them and the motorcycle community at large. It’s people like this that give the rest of of motorcyclists a bad name, and lead to heightened scrutiny against bikers. Indeed, reports have come in that due
October 29, 2013 A Los Angeles Police Department officer is recovering from the injuries that he sustained in a motorcycle crash in the early hours of Saturday. The accident occurred just after midnight, on Forest Lawn Drive affront Warner Brothers studios in Los Angeles. The police officer, who was off-duty at the time of the accident, was taken to USC Medical Center. The officer sustained a broken pelvis, while the driver of the car was left unscathed. The police department is currently investigating the incident, and attempting to determine fault. With few details being released on this incident, we can`t speak of what went wrong in this accident or even who is at fault. With that said, we have many times witnessed vehicles on the road unknowingly merging into riders. One of the most dangerous places to be as a motorcycle rider is on the driver side of a vehicle, just behind the driver`s window. Riding in this blind spot
October 16, 2013 A 25-year-old woman is in police custody after allegedly merging into the HOV lane on the 405 south across double yellow lines and crashing into a motorcycle, killing the passenger. The incident occurred around 5:40 pm Wednesday in Culver City. Following the collision with the 2009 Yamaha motorcycle, the driver, who has been identified as Casha Cheema of Irvine, stopped her 2006 Toyota Prius to check on the condition of the motorcycle riders. However, just before CHP arrived Cheema fled the scene and entered the nearby 90 freeway eastbound. Witnesses pointed out Cheema’s vehicle to the CHP when they arrived, who arrested her. According to the CHP the charges against her were suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving injury or death. Authorities say Cheema is now being held at $50,000 bail. The passenger, 24-year-old Yuliana Gutierrez of South Gate, was reported to have died about five hours after
September 19, 2013 A Los Angeles man has been killed on the 134 Freeway in an accident with many unknown details. The rider, described as being in his late twenties or early thirties, appears to have been riding his BMW motorcycle near the junction with the 5 freeway at approximately 6:30 am Tuesday when the accident took place. CHP officers responded to calls about a downed motorcycle, and once on-scene officials pronounced the rider dead. It is not clear whether this was a single vehicle incident or if others were involved, but it is being reported that their are no other injuries. CHP is currently investigating the crash. Having ridden on the busy highways of Orange County and Los Angeles often on my XR650R, ambitiously tearing through traffic on such a nimble and powerful bike can easily become a staple of any commute. It’s for these very reasons that us riders often find ourselves in trouble when riding on inconsistent
September 7, 2013 Two riders who were on the same bike were injured last Sunday in Los Angeles when they crashed into a vehicle on the 400 block of East Colden Avenue around noon, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The LAFD says that at least one of them was not wearing a helmet during the incident. Both riders, in critical condition, were rushed to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle they crashed into suffered only minor injuries. When riders break the law by taking to the streets without proper safety equipment, they endanger not just themselves but often times others around them. The events of this accident were not disclosed, but suffice to say that we do not condone illegal behavior on motorcycles. Regardless the Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw never want to see motorcyclists hurt in accidents, and our best wishes go out to the speedy recovery for our fellow riders.
September 7, 2013 A motorcycle crash left a man dead in Northwest Bakersfield last Sunday night. The incident occurred around 10:30 pm near the 1200 block of Coffee Road. The rider was identified as 26-year-old Guillermo Garcia of Los Angeles. According to the Bakersfield Police Department, while riding northbound Guillermo was unable to negotiate the curve of the roadway, causing him to drift into the curb. The collision threw him from the bike. He died on-scene from his injuries. Neither drugs nor alcohol were immediately implicated, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Jared Diedrich at 326-3967 or the Secret Witness Hotline at 322-4040. The feeling that comes over riders when they realize they have pushed into a corner a bit too hard is one known to us all. We should take a second to consider, that it isn’t as if we haven’t all been in a bit too far over our heads, and
A motorcyclist was killed, and two were arrested following an early morning crash on Sunday on the 60 Freeway at the 605, according to authorities. The accident was reported around 3:40 am near Industry, according to CHP Officer Ed Jacobs. The name of the motorcyclist was not released, rather he was described as a 28-year-old Walnut man. According to CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy, both 57-year-old Ai Ho of Rowland heights and 25-year-old Gilberto Flores were arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, while Flores was additionally charged with drunken driving. A statement by the CHP says that the rider was riding a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle at a “high rate of speed” prior to the collision. He rear-ended the 1995 Lexus SC300 driven by Ho, who was traveling at approximately 65 mph. “As a result of this collision, (the motorcyclist) was ejected into the No. 3 lane while his vehicle continued traveling westbound,” a statement by CHP said. The statements continues that the
August 15, 2013 The eastbound 10 to northbound 110 freeway interchange was shut down following a collision that involved an LAPD motorcycle police officer during Tuesday morning’s rush hour. According to LAPD Officer Sally Madera, dispatch was notified of the incident at approximately 7:50 am. The officer involved was taken to a local hospital for a non-life-threatening leg injury. One lane was re-opened by 8:30 am with the others soon to follow. The accident caused traffic to be backed up for miles. We all know the dangers of riding in rush hour traffic, and that the officer will make it through the accident with only minor injuries is good news to us. The Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish the victim a speedy recovery and for all the riders out there to stay safe on our motorways.
August 15, 2013 The 110 was partially shut down following the death of a motorcyclist who was ejected from his 1979 Honda motorcycle after striking a curb around 11:15 pm Monday. The rider, a 53-year-old man who has not yet been identified, was then hit by several vehicles, one of which, a 2002 Lexus RS300, spun out and struck a guardrail before fleeing the scene. The owner was later arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. No word on the other drivers involved has been given. The impacts from the vehicles pushed the body onto the shoulder of the Vernon Avenue offramp. CHP Officer Cheyenne Quesada says he died at the scene. A SigAlert was issued, and the number 3 and 4 lanes of the off-ramp were shutdown due to the investigation. Everything was cleared at 2:18 am. This tragedy serves as a reminder to riders, that it isn’t only going down that we need to worry about, but what happens
According to official reports, a Montebello man was killed when his motorcycle struck a light pole at high speed late Thursday night. The man was identified as 22-year-old Nicholas Andrew Hovermale of Montebello by Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter. Montebello police Lt. Mike Flores said the incident occurred shortly after 10:30 pm when Hovermale “…appeared to have lost control and collided with a light pole,” He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, and the investigation remains ongoing. With warm summer nights upon us, it will become increasingly more frequent for riders to take to the streets after dark for comfortable, relaxing rides. For this reason the Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw remind all riders to always be safe and practice proper nighttime riding habits. The family and friends of Nicholas Andrew Hovermale have our sincere condolences in this difficult time
California Highway Patrol report that a Santa Maria woman died in a motorcycle accident in Antelope Valley last weekend. The woman was identified as 35-year-old Dawn Marie Downey. While following her husband at around 1 p.m., both riding their own bikes, he made a U-turn onto the northbound should of the Angeles Forest Highway south of Emma Road. CHP say that while she slowed to make the U-turn, a third motorcyclist, 27-year-old Jorge Garcia of Long Beach, slammed into the back of her. Downey suffered fatal injuries after being ejected from the bike. Garcia also sustained major injuries and is being treated at Antelope Valley Hospital. The incident is still under investigation by the Antelope Valley Area CHP. As riders we sometimes forget that other motorcyclists on the road represent as much potential for causing accidents as cagers. The events of this incident are unclear at the moment, but what is clear is that as riders, we need to be
A Hell’s Angels member and philanthropist was killed July 17 in an accident on the 405 in Los Angeles. At about 4:30 pm, Michael Pena was riding his 2009 Harley Davidson when he crashed into a Nissan pick-up truck stopped in the HOV lane with a flat tire. In a report by officials, it was stated that Pena was unable to stop his bike in time to avoid rear-ending the Nissan. As a result of injuries sustained during the accident, Pena was pronounced dead on scene by the LA City Fire Department. Officers closed two lanes of the 405 southbound for approximately four hours yesterday as a result of the crash. The motorcycle and Hell’s Angels community has suffered a great loss in the death of our brother Michael Pena in this tragedy.The Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish all those who knew Pena our deepest condolences. He had a history of charity and value within the
At 7 am on Sunday morning, an Agoura Hills Harley Davidson rider was flown in critical condition to a hospital after going over the side of the road in the forest north of La Canada Flintridge on Angeles Crest Highway, according to reports by authorities. The 50 year old rider was estimated to have tumbled about 100 feet down before coming to a stop, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Angela Shepherd. The lieutenant said that prior to flying the victim to a nearby trauma center via helicopter, rescuers stabilized the man. We all know that sometimes a Sunday ride can take a turn for the worst, fortunately in this case the rider survived the accident and will live to ride another day. The Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish our fallen brother a speedy recovery, and the same for all victims of riding accidents.
Motorcycle Police Officer Injured On-Duty in Canyon Country While riding to work, a San Gabriel Police Department officer was injured when he collided with a car in a Canyon Country intersection. The Sheriff Department’s Lt. Chris Ortell identified the officer as SGPD Officer Steven Rodriguez. Southbound traffic was shut down until noon on Whites Canyon Road while officers investigated the scene. According to Sheriff’s Lt. John Rush, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the San Gabriel Valley Police Department were both on scene investigating the crash site. According to Lt. Mark Hershey, Lt. Rodriguez “…had a broken leg, a broken right foot, minor abrasions and a concussion” after having had collided with the vehicle on Whites at Ranier Street about 7 am. Officers from Rodriguez’s department visited him at the Henry May Newhall Memorial Hospital before heading out to the crash site “to collect the rest of his stuff”. Because Rodriguez was on his way to work, he was
December 28, 2013 A 32-year-old man was killed while riding his motorcycle in Canoga Park earlier this week. The rider, identified as Kondwani Cole of North Hollywood, was riding his Honda Shadow at around 11:30 am Christmas Eve. According to Sgt. E. Waschak of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division, the accident occurred at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Independence Avenue. Waschak says that Cole was riding eastbound on Victory Boulevard when it collided with the Volvo XC90, which was making a left turn from Independence Avenue onto Victory Boulevard. Waschak also says that bystanders who saw the accident say the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the collision. Waschak indicated the collision occurred when the Honda slid across the ground and into the left rear tire of the Volvo SUV. Cole was rushed to Northridge Hospital, where he died. The 41-year-old driver of the SUV was uninjured, and was neither
The Police Department of Southern California has released a statement late Monday confirming the death of Sgt. Leonard Luna, explaining the accident to have occurred on an I-105 off-ramp near Long Beach Blvd. The accident occurred at 5:26 p.m. according to City News Service reports. Luna, who joined the force in 2003, is survived by parents, a brother, extended family and friends. Given that no other details have been released, the Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw can only wish those close with Sgt. Luna our sincerest condolences. Even the most experienced motorcyclists–including those trained by the LA Police–are not immune to roadway accidents. Unfortunately, even the most skilled and experienced motorcyclists can be victims of other people’s negligence. Far too often, people driving cars fail to see motoryclists — even police motorcyels — and either cut them off, turn left in front of them, or hit them from behind. We will update this report as more details
May 23, 2014 A woman was killed after her motorcycle crashed into another vehicle just before 1 am Saturday morning. The victim has been identified only as a 40-year-old woman. She was riding in Gramercy Park at the 8900 block of South Western Avenue. At the time she was with a group who is described as being part of a local motorcycle club. Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. John Wilson says that a car pulled out in front of her for a left turn while she was riding straight through an intersection, making a collision unavoidable. According to Wilson, the accident occurred just after midnight. He also said that the victim was transported to a local hospital, where she died. No other injuries were reported. Part of what makes this story so outrageous, is that this incident occurred despite the victim traveling in a group of riders. Generally we expect some amount of safety in numbers. Extra visibility and extra
April 8, 2014 A police officer was rear-ended by a Chevy Blazer SUV on Saturday, leaving him in critical condition and fighting for his life. According to authorities, the incident occurred in Sun Valley at Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street Saturday evening at 5:34 pm. Reports state that the officer was sandwiched between the SUV, who rear-ended him, and a red sedan in front of him. One officer reported bluntly, “he had no chance to get out of the way.” The officer has not been identified by name out of respect for the family. But reports describe him as a 26-year veteran of the Valley Traffic Division. A local witness stated, “I saw his helmet right across the street. From what I understand, his helmet just basically flew off all the way to the other side of the street.” By Sunday, reports came in that 33-year-old Qaneak Cobb had been arrested for suspicion of DUI and narcotics. He is one
April 4, 2014 A man was killed last Friday when he was ejected from a motorcycle, landing in front of a big rig which was unable to avoid running him over. The California Highway Patrol says that the incident occurred around 7:30 pm Friday night. Sgt. S. Coleman of the CHP says that the rider, who has been identified as 20-year-old Manuel Paleo, was attempting to get around the big rig truck in the moments leading up to the accident. Coleman says Paleo pulled onto the shoulder of the highway and was passing the big rig when the 2002 Honda motorcycle clipped the front of the truck, causing the incident. Coleman is quoted as stating, “The left side of the motorcycle struck the front of the Big Rig. This impact caused the motorcyclist to be ejected from the motorcycle. The big rig [then] ran over the motorcyclist.” Paleo was pronounced dead on-scene by responding emergency crews, which included Los Angeles
March 22, 2014 A rider has been hospitalized following a crash last Sunday in Los Angeles county. According to Inspector Ray Dong, the incident occurred just after 10:30 am. The 28-year-old rider was on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 when the collision took place with a Nissan Altima affront Los Angeles Fire Station Number 156. The station is located near Camino Del Arte Drive on Copper Hill Drive. By 10:51 am the rider had been given preliminary care and was en-route to the hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the Altima, a male, was uninjured. Firefighter Bryan Cook said “he’s doing pretty good, considering”. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 is, simply put, the fastest production motorcycle around. It has even more power than the notorious Suzuki Hayabusa. Of course, motorcycle crashes happen to riders of all skill and on all size or type of motorcycle. But this is as good a time as any to say that if you’re on a
March 21, 2014 A rider was killed yesterday in a crash which took place in Canyon Country, Los Angeles. Supervisor Pittman of the Los Angeles County Fire Department says the incident occurred on Soledad Canyon Road around the intersection with Lost Canyon Road. Officials from the local Sheriff’s Station say the motorcyclist was riding east on Soledad Canyon Road around 7:30 pm when he rear-ended a car traveling the same direction as him. The rider has been identified only as a 33-year-old male. The crash ejected him from the bike, and his subsequent injuries would prove fatal. The crash was under investigation by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. According to them, no arrests have been made. Officials say that there were a total of two injuries, one of which was the rider who died, despite medical attention. It isn’t entirely clear what caused this accident to happen, but we can make some speculations. Firstly, reports state that the motorcycle
February 28, 2014 A police officer working for the Los Angeles Police Department was working in the detail parade for a VIP en-route an event when his motorcycle collided with a mid-sized sedan. The incident took place at the intersection of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard in South Los Angeles at about 7pm Sunday. It is believed that the officer sustained only minor injuries, and that the driver of the sedan none at all. According to Daily News, Sergeant A. Mendoza of the LAPD described the officer’s transport to the hospital as “more precautionary in nature”. Sgt. Mendoza did not mention the name of the VIP whom the officer was escorting, only that he was “…involved in an escort detail for an event at the California Science Center, and investigators are looking to see if there is any video to review.” No one understands the hostility of city streets like motorcycle police officers. Say what you will about them, if
February 12, 2013 A rider was rushed to the hospital following an accident that involved another vehicle on the 405. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened in Sepulveda Pass just before noon. CHP officer Monica Posada says that the incident took place near Skirball Center Drive. Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles City Fire Department says that paramedics transported the rider to Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA. A SigAlert was issued just before 1:00 pm, closing two lanes of the five lane highway, which caused traffic to backup about five miles, beyond the I-10 and reaching Culver City. There’s no doubt about the danger that four-wheel vehicles post to motorcycle riders on the streets. This isn’t to say larger vehicles are always at fault, but rather than when an incident does occur it’s the rider who will take the brunt of the crash. The role of motorcycle riders on the streets is both to avoid making
February 12, 2014 A crash between a motorcycle and two other vehicles yesterday sent a rider to the hospital in unknown condition. The accident occurred at the intersection of Central Avenue and 120th Street in South LA around 10:30 pm. Reports from the accident say the rider was ejected from his motorcycle following the initial collision with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s cruiser, while the bike continued down the road, colliding into a second vehicle. Emergency crews transported the rider to a local hospital, though his condition was undisclosed. Other than the rider, no additional injuries were reported. The crash is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. Anytime you rear-end another vehicle on the road, you’ll find yourself at legal fault. We can’t know from the provided details what the reason was the rider rear-ended the police vehicle, but there is a strong chance that the rider was caught being distracted on the road. It happens to
February 4, 2014 A man was killed last week in a collision with a passenger vehicle in West Los Angeles. Based on reports by the Los Angeles Police Department, the crash occurred at the Santa Monica Blvd and Barrington Ave intersection just before 6:00 pm last Thursday. The rider was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital. Coroner’s lieutenant Larry Dietz identified the victim as 30-year-old Armand Vartanian, a resident of Los Angeles. No further details on the incident have been released. It’s no secret that one price we pay for living in Southern California is a ridiculous and consistent amount of congestion on our streets. Usually for drivers, this is an inconvenience. Often for riders however, it’s downright dangerous. During rush hour we need to be particularly diligent in looking out for ourselves, because I wouldn’t bet the guy driving next to me isn’t exhausted after a hard day at work and thinking not about looking out for
January 23, 2014 A BMW that was stopped in the number one lane with a punctured tire caused an accident that involved multiple vehicles and killed a motorcycle rider last Monday. 51-year-old Sharry Friel of Santa Clarita was riding on the 405 freeway in Van Nuys around 8:45 pm. As she came upon the poorly visible BMW she smashed her 2009 Yamaha into the back of it, rebounding her into the number two lane. Before she was able to move herself to safety Friel was struck by a 2005 Lexus being driven by 23-year-old Alyson Wells of North Hills. The driver of the BMW has been identified as 27-year-old Craig Varner. Although the limited details appear to implicate him as being at fault, some close to the incident point out he attempted to pull to the side of the highway but failed, and so stopped with hazard lights flashing. No charges have been filed. Anyone with information or who may
January 23, 2014 Northbound 405 traffic was stopped on Wednesday after an early morning motorcycle crash that killed a Newbury Park woman. The rider has been identified as 31-year-old Fallon Naccarato. At just before 4:00 am Naccarato was riding north of Getty Center Drive when her motorcycle rear-ended a vehicle. Naccarato was pronounced dead on-scene. At about 4:15 am a SigAlert was issued, which caused traffic to build as far back as Sunset Blvd. Eventually the California Highway Patrol was able to divert traffic off the freeway at Getty Center Drive. One lane reopened at 5:30 am, but it wasn't until 8:45 am that all lanes were open once again. The CHP says that it is unclear whether or not speed was a factor in this accident. The CBS Local news article has received many comments both heartfelt and hostile, offering their thoughts on the tragedy. Riding through early morning traffic, especially on the congested freeways of Los Angeles, is
October 2, 2014 Tuesday brought the death of two riders, one the driver and the other the passenger, of a motorcycle on the 134 freeway in Glendale. The incident occurred at night around 9 pm, when authorities say that a law enforcement officer attempted to stop the speeding motorcycle. Though details are unclear, the motorcycle seems to have attempted to outrun the police at speeds in excess of 100 mph until colliding with a van while traveling westbound near the 2 freeway. Upon impact both the driver and passenger were ejected from the bike, sustaining injuries which would prove fatal. They both died on-scene according to the California Highway Patrol. Running from the police via motorcycle may sound like a cool, counter-culture ordeal to some (or just an easy way to avoid a traffic ticket to others) but the reality of it is often a very different thing. Imagine yourself booking it along the freeway when suddenly the (possibly all
January 20, 2014 Robert Horry, a 43-year-old former player of the LA Lakers, crashed into a motorcycle rider last week hospitalizing the rider. Reports indicate that Horry was driving down the 105 Freeway near Inglewood just after 5pm last Tuesday. The crash took place slightly after the Normandie Avenue exit. The California Highway Patrol says that Horry was in the Number 1 lane (next to the HOV lane). A biker, riding a 2013 Yamaha was cutting between the double yellow lines. Despite the sets of double yellow lines, Horry decided to enter the HOV lane and failed to notice the approaching motorcycle. Cutting off the rider with his 2014 Infiniti, Horry smashed into the bike. The rider, identified as 44-year-old Xerxes Baldonasa of Long Beach, was taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Horry was uninjured, and neither was arrested. Horry was a player for the LA Lakers from 1997 – 2003 and is now a resident of
October 1, 2014 A Los Angeles police officer was killed while in pursuit of another rider yesterday. The incident occurred in Covina at approximately 2 pm. Officials with the LA County Fire Department say that Officer Jordam Corder was a motorcyclist when an SUV turned left in front of him at the corner of Citrus Avenue and Puente Street. The motorcycle that Officer Corder was pursuing did not stop following the collision. Responders rushed the officer, in critical condition following the accident, to the hospital. The Covina Police Department says he later succumbed to his injuries. The SUV driver was also sent to the hospital, but his condition was undisclosed. Corder is said to have received multiple awards from the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Police officers appealed to the public for assistance locating the motorcycle Corder was in pursuit of. Anyone with information should contact the Covina police department directly or submit an anonymous tip through 1-800-222-TIPS. Some
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,
July 11, 2014 A motorcycle rider has been killed in a crash which occurred on the 405 southbound through the Sepulveda Pass. According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident took place at about 9 am this morning when the motorcyclist collided with another vehicle. Emergency responders rushed him to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The rider has only been identified as being a 50-year-old man. The scene of the accident was southbound on the 405 at Mulholland Drive. Traffic was backed up as far as the 101 freeway, and a SigAlert remained active as late as 11:15am. While often the most mundane part of the day, the morning commute can be equally as dangerous. It’s easy to be sucked into the mindset of safety-in-repetition, but the truth is that each commute will be different, and the people you’re riding next to will be ever-changing. As riders it’s an unfortunate truth that we are likely the only
January 10, 2014 A rider died on Tuesday from the injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash earlier in the day. The 23-year-old man, recently identified as Dustin Courtney of Anaheim, was rushed to the hospital after a crash that occurred around 7 am at the intersection of Skypark Drive and Garnier Street. Torrance Police Lieutenant Stephen D’anjou detailed that Courtney was riding his 2005 Yamaha R1 west on Skypark when he collided with a Camry, which was driven by an unidentified 59-year-old woman that was turning left from eastbound Skypark Drive onto Garnier Street. The woman was also taken to the hospital but with only minor injuries. Further details on the accident were not given, leaving the circumstances of the fatal crash up for speculation. Investigators ask that anyone with information about the incident call the police traffic division at 310-618-5557. This scenario is essentially the most common cause of motorcycle fatalities. In 2008, 41 percent of all motorcycle
June 24, 2014 LOS ANGELES – A police officer and veteran of the war in the Middle East was killed in a motorcycle crash while riding off-duty earlier this month. 26-year-old Thomas Chamberlin of Walnut was riding on Highway-39 just before 8:30 pm north of Azusa when the crash occurred, according to Edgar Figueroa of the California Highway Patrol. Figueroa says that “[Chamberlin] went down onto the roadway and subsequently struck the side of the mountain.” The accident took place in Angeles National Forest, an area known to motorcycle riders as being both a haven and a fairly dangerous ride. Chamberlin was airlifted to USC Medical Center, where he reportedly succumbed to his injuries. According to a press release put out by the Fontana Police, he is survived by his parents Tom and Guadalupe Chamberlin. After graduating from Diamond Bar High School in 2006, Chamberlin joined the US Marines and served two deployments, one in Iraq from 2008-2009 and another
December 5, 2014 A rider was killed while riding back in Angeles National Forest earlier this week. Police reports indicate that the rider, who has been identified as 47-year-old Kirk Lane of Palmdale, was ‘racing’ at the time of the accident, which occurred near Mt. Emma Road. Mr. Lane was on his 2007 Kawasaki ZX10 when, as California Highway Patrol Officer A. Hernandez reports, two motorcycles passed him on the left. Lane went on to pass another motorcycle rider on the right before losing control onto the shoulder of road. He then hit a dirt berm that sent him over the side and into a ravine. Authorities report that immediately thereafter Mr. Lane went into full cardiac arrest and died. This is the story of a humble ride gone very wrong. When we set out for a day of riding, we rarely have the intention of winding out the throttle beyond reasonable or controllable speeds. Unfortunately we sometimes get ourselves
May 5, 2014 An accident on the 5-freeway just north of Western Avenue has left a 26-year-old rider dead. The man, who has been identified as Ryan Daniel Dylewsky of Lancaster by the Los Angeles Coroner’s office, was riding a 2011 Suzuki of an unknown size just before 10:00 pm Saturday. Details describe Dylewsky riding southbound on the I-5 at approximately 80 miles per hour with a 38-year-old female rider on a 2004 Yamaha riding just behind him. There was a 2000 Nissan ahead of Dylewsky traveling around 65 miles per hour, and a 2004 Saturn behind him. Reports say that Dylewsky hit the left rear of the Nissan, ejecting him from his bike. The female rider then collided with the Suzuki, causing ejection from her bike as well. It’s believed that Dylewski was then struck by the Nissan, killing him, before being run over again by the Saturn. The driver of the Nissan then fled the scene, but was