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September 4, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
Cords of firewood that spilled from a flatbed truck aggravated the fiery crash that killed five motorcyclists participating in an annual Labor Day weekend trip in the Sierra Nevada, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday. Authorities said the load spilled after the driver of the truck crossed into an oncoming lane and into the path of dozens of bikers.
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March 28, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As anyone who has ever ridden one will attest, few modes of transportation can match the magic--or the danger--of a motorcycle. With spectacular mountain, desert and coastline roads and year-round riding weather, California is one of few areas that can offer a motorcyclist a more varied or beautiful setting for a Sunday ride. Yet, lurking beneath the exhilaration is an ominous reality perhaps best summed up in the maxim that there are no fender benders in motorcycling; the rider is the fender.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As anyone who has ever ridden one will attest, few modes of transportation can match the magic--or the danger--of a motorcycle. With spectacular mountain, desert and coastline roads and year-round riding weather, California is one of few areas that can offer a motorcyclist a more varied or beautiful setting for a Sunday ride. Yet, lurking beneath the exhilaration is an ominous reality perhaps best summed up in the maxim that there are no fender benders in motorcycling; the rider is the fender.
NEWS
January 4, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The number of fatalities in motorcycle accidents has declined by almost half since a mandatory state helmet law took effect Jan. 1 of last year, but law enforcement officials, traffic safety experts and motorcyclists continue to debate whether the law is the cause.
SPORTS
April 12, 1990
Grand Prix motorcycle racer Randy Mamola will be sidelined for several weeks after surgery to repair broken bones in his left wrist. Mamola suffered the injury while trying to control a slide at Laguna Seca Raceway during Sunday's U.S. International Grand Prix.
NEWS
September 19, 1989
Law enforcement officers in Merced pressed a search for a hit-run driver responsible for the death of former child kidnap victim Steven Stayner. The California Highway Patrol was searching for Antonio Loera, 28, a Merced tomato packing company employee. "We have some good clues we're checking out, but we haven't located him yet," CHP Sgt. Jim Balestra said. "It's just a matter of time."
NEWS
May 25, 1990
A motorcyclist was killed and his companion was seriously injured Thursday when their motorcycle apparently hit an undetonated bomb that exploded in a restricted military area about 20 miles northeast of Niland in Imperial County. A spokesman for the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., said the two unidentified men were near Surveyors Pass in the Chocolate Mountain Bombing Range--used by Navy fighter pilots for practice missions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1990
A motorcyclist is 20 to 30 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than a person in a car, according to a study released Tuesday. Doctors described motorcyclists' injuries in traffic accidents as "the worst trauma they treat outside of a war combat zone." A total of 3,661 motorcyclists died in crashes in 1988, said Dr. Elizabeth McLoughlin, author of "Fatal Injuries to California Motorcyclists."
NEWS
July 7, 1989 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Thursday approved a virtual carbon copy of a bill vetoed last year by Gov. George Deukmejian to require that all motorcycle riders and their passengers wear safety helmets. The legislation by Assemblyman Richard E. Floyd (D-Carson) was passed on a 24-10 vote and returned to the Assembly for concurrence in Senate amendments. The bill cleared the lower chamber last spring with no votes to spare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a year after the state began requiring motorcyclists to use helmets, Highway Patrol officials report 25% fewer injuries but an increase in the number of deaths in Orange County. Officials said 698 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in the county, compared to 926 during the same period last year. The figures were compiled from January through October this year, the latest statistics available.
NEWS
May 13, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an angry last-ditch effort to preserve their right to ride unencumbered by headgear, about 4,000 bikers roared up to Los Angeles City Hall at noon Sunday to protest a mandatory helmet-use law that Gov. Pete Wilson is expected to sign as early as today. After four years of intense legislative squabbling in which former Gov. George Deukmejian vetoed two laws mandating use of motorcycle helmets, this year's bill appears likely to become law, Wilson's aides say. Assemblyman Richard E.
NEWS
March 7, 1991 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bill requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets to help prevent deaths and injuries appears to have a good chance of becoming state law this year, unlike two previous attempts that were vetoed by former Gov. George Deukmejian. A spokesman for Gov. Pete Wilson said Wednesday the governor probably would sign a mandatory helmet bill if it were to pass in the Legislature, as expected.
NEWS
October 24, 1990 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California motorcyclists and scooter riders ages 18 to 21, considered the high-risk group for accidents, are about to be taught a lesson. Actually, a number of lessons. After Jan. 1, no person under 21 will get a motorcycle or scooter license from the DMV unless he or she completes an approved training course. The current mandatory training requirement affects only riders under 18.
NEWS
May 25, 1990
A motorcyclist was killed and his companion was seriously injured Thursday when their motorcycle apparently hit an undetonated bomb that exploded in a restricted military area about 20 miles northeast of Niland in Imperial County. A spokesman for the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., said the two unidentified men were near Surveyors Pass in the Chocolate Mountain Bombing Range--used by Navy fighter pilots for practice missions.
NEWS
November 26, 1989
A 135-mile off-road motorcycle race across the Mojave Desert that had been opposed by environmentalists was marred Saturday by almost a dozen injuries and an attempt at sabotage. Officials of the American Motorcyclists Assn. contended that someone had tried to interrupt the race from Barstow to Las Vegas by dumping four-pronged spikes along the course.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1990
A motorcyclist is 20 to 30 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than a person in a car, according to a study released Tuesday. Doctors described motorcyclists' injuries in traffic accidents as "the worst trauma they treat outside of a war combat zone." A total of 3,661 motorcyclists died in crashes in 1988, said Dr. Elizabeth McLoughlin, author of "Fatal Injuries to California Motorcyclists."
SPORTS
April 12, 1990
Grand Prix motorcycle racer Randy Mamola will be sidelined for several weeks after surgery to repair broken bones in his left wrist. Mamola suffered the injury while trying to control a slide at Laguna Seca Raceway during Sunday's U.S. International Grand Prix.
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