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A helmeted motorcycle rider on a powerful red-and-black racing bike weaved skillfully between cars on the congested Harbor Freeway, alert for any sign that a driver might change lanes and wipe him out. "Motorcycle riding is dangerous," Jack Worrall agreed on a recent sunny day, before starting the 28-mile commute home from his university job. "It scares me constantly, but I'm willing to trade that (fear) for the feel of riding."
October 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ken Hamilton, an assistant baseball coach at Corona Santiago for 14 years, was killed in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident Monday morning in Los Angeles, Coach Ty De Trinidad said.  Hamilton, 54, was driving home from his work at a juvenile detention facility.  
July 3, 1986
One man was killed and another critically injured in separate motorcycle accidents that occurred just 20 minutes apart. Christopher Bridenbaugh, 19, of Corona was killed Tuesday night when his 1984 Honda collided with a station wagon, Corona Police Sgt. Rich Renstrom said. The accident occurred at the Maple Street off-ramp from the westbound Riverside Freeway. Twenty minutes later, another motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of North Merrill and Railroad streets.
July 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A fatal motorcycle accident has snarled rush-hour traffic on the eastbound 105 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said Monday evening. The accident was reported about 5:30 p.m. near Long Beach Boulevard in the Lynwood area. Only the right lane was open on the busy east-west artery, the CHP said. The agency declared a SigAlert. It was unclear how long the lanes would remain closed. There were no immediate details on the fatality.   ALSO: Asiana crash victim may have been killed by emergency vehicle Fugitive tweets taunts to D.A., then gets caught via Twitter trace Redlands superintendent denies cover-up of pregnant teacher case Twitter: @LAJourno
December 11, 1988 | Roger Simon
I guess it was about a year ago that I started writing about motorcycle helmets. Because that's when motorcycle riders started trying to get me fired. In my innocence, I thought it might be a good idea for those who got on a motorcycle to wear a helmet in case they fell off. I thought it might be a good idea if their brains did not splatter all over the pavement. Boy, was I wrong.
January 28, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man was killed when he was thrown from his motorcycle on the San Diego Freeway, officials said Friday. Emil Domines, 58, of Lake Forest was southbound on his 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle near Springdale Street about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when he was thrown from the bike for unknown reasons, officials said. Domines, who was struck by several cars, was pronounced dead at the scene.
May 20, 1986
Two motorcycle accidents, one that killed a Chatsworth man, delayed traffic up to two hours Sunday on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Jerry Duarant, 32, was killed in a head-on collision about 4 p.m. when he attempted to pass another vehicle on a curve about two miles north of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Craig Klein. The victim's wife, Brenda, 26, a passenger on the motorcycle, was in critical condition Monday at UCLA Medical Center.
July 16, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Seven years ago, when he was 19, Jim Doehring was the U.S. junior champion in the shotput and he was looking forward to the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, near his home in San Clemente. Within days, he was in the hospital with three steel rods in his back, wondering whether he would ever compete again. While riding his motorcycle in Newport Beach, he collided with a pickup truck and, according to a witness, was thrown about 100 feet, breaking his jaw in several places and his back.
For more than three years, Evan Evans has been paralyzed from the chest down, sentenced to life in a wheelchair after a freak motorcycle accident that left him in a crumpled heap on a dirt road near his home in the rural Woodcrest section of Riverside. During those three-plus years, Evans, 27, has dreamed and schemed and planned for a way to resume the off-road racing career he had assumed for years to be his rightful heritage.
July 11, 2007 | SUSAN CARPENTER
It's about time. After 26 years, a major new motorcycle crash study is poised to begin. Since 1981, when the famed Hurt Study issued its findings on the causes of motorcycle accidents, a lot has changed. Almost 11 million street bikes have been sold in the U.S. Not only has the size of the rider population grown to 6.6 million, but so has the average motorcycle size. In 1990, just 40% of motorcycles were larger than 749 cc; that percentage has since doubled.
December 18, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
In the end, professional baseball pitcher turned religion talk-show host Frank Pastore probably would have been philosophical about the motorcycle accident that claimed his life. Pastore, 55, died Monday from injuries suffered one month earlier when a car swerved into him on the 210 Freeway in Duarte as he was riding to his Upland home after finishing his daily show on KKLA-FM. His talk show, which aired from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Glendale station, was popular with conservative Christians and sometimes touched on his own baseball background as proof that divine intervention can change people forever.
November 21, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Frank Pastore, who in recent years hosted a radio show on Glendale's KKLA, is in critical condition after his motorcycle was hit by a car on the 210 Freeway on Monday night. "Last night Frank Pastore was in a motorcycle accident," a statement on the KKLA website reads. "We do not know how extensive his injuries are, but we know they are serious. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. " Pastore has been the host of "The Frank Pastore Show" since 2004.
May 29, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Boxer Paul Williams has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident near Atlanta, the fighter's promoter, Dan Goossen, said Monday. The 30-year-old Williams, who was scheduled to fight Mexican star and super-welterweight world champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Sept. 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, has no feeling below his waist, said Goossen, who added that the left-handed fighter is due to undergo surgery Wednesday at an unidentified hospital. Williams resides in Aiken, S.C. Goossen said he was told by Williams' manager, Al Haymon, and trainer, George Peterson, that Williams apparently swerved to avoid contact with a vehicle Sunday and lost control of his motorcycle.
April 10, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Arkansas fired football Coach Bobby Petrino on Tuesday, saying he engaged in reckless behavior that included hiring his mistress and then intentionally misleading his bosses about their relationship and her presence at the motorcycle accident that ultimately cost him his job. "He made the decision to mislead the public, [and it] adversely affected the university and the football program," Athletic Director Jeff Long said at an evening news conference, choking up at one point as he discussed telling players the news.
March 24, 2011 | By Jenn Garbee, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Former Chicago indie rock drummer Laura Ann Masura has made ? and gotten into ? an awful lot of jams since moving to Echo Park nearly seven years ago. But those first watery blueberry-Meyer lemon experiments and fussy crystallized Clementines have been relatively easy fixes compared with complications from a serious motorcycle accident in 2009. . "These sorts of things really mellow you out, make you approach life differently," Masura says from her living room sofa. She has been temporarily sidelined again by a second reconstructive surgery after nearly losing a foot in the motorcycle accident.
December 2, 2009 | By Susan Carpenter
Harry Hurt, one of the world's foremost authorities on motorcycle crashes and their causes, has died. He was 81. Hurt suffered a heart attack Sunday at Pomona Valley Hospital. It was a complication of back surgery that he had a week earlier, said his eldest son, Harry Hurt III. Hurt was the principal investigator of the Hurt Report, an in-depth, on-scene investigation of 900 motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles from 1976 to 1977. Published in 1981, his groundbreaking research continues to form the basis of many of the country's motorcycle safety programs and is credited with saving countless lives.
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