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August 7, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Police Department detective killed in an off-duty traffic accident was remembered Monday at a memorial service that drew nearly a thousand people, including hundreds of law enforcement officers, as a loving father who was dedicated to his job. Det. George "Mike" Selleh, 52, of Simi Valley was killed July 29 when his personal motorcycle was struck by a car during a dramatic, chain-reaction accident on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood.
Ron Gant lay alone in his hospital room, staring at the ceiling. He wanted to feel rage and malice, but all he felt was helplessness and sorrow. He wanted no visitors. No phone calls. No pity. Gant simply wanted to be left alone to punish himself, allowing the memories of the accident to gather and assault his senses. It was so stupid, he kept telling himself. So damn stupid.
September 4, 2004 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
Brazilian music producer Tom Capone, nominated this year for five Latin Grammys, died in a motorcycle crash just hours after being shut out at the Latin Recording Academy awards show, officials said Friday. Capone, 38, was pronounced dead at 3:25 a.m. Thursday after his rented motorcycle and a small sedan collided at Tyrone Avenue and Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, police said. Capone was thrown from the motorcycle. The 23-year-old woman driving the car was unhurt.
Whether they represent an important career transition or the long recovery from a trying period in his personal life, the time, July, and the place, Los Angeles, have become significant markers for Tommy Haas. He is rejoining the men's tennis tour for the first time since the French Open, having been with his parents, Peter and Brigitte, who were involved in a serious motorcycle accident in Sarasota, Fla., on June 8. Peter had been in a coma for 2 1/2 weeks and nearly lost his right leg.
December 5, 1988 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
Actor Gary Busey, whose 1978 performance in "The Buddy Holly Story" won an Academy Award nomination, was critically injured Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Culver City, police said. Busey, 44, of Malibu, was driving west on Washington Boulevard near Robertson Boulevard at 11:40 a.m. when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle fell to the ground, Culver City Police Sgt. Karin Reagan said. "He was thrown off, and the back of his head struck the curb," Reagan said. "He was not wearing a helmet."
April 15, 1985 | United Press International
A U.S. airman was killed and another seriously injured in motorcycle accidents in northern Italy on Sunday, police said. Police said that Gary Scroggin, 20, died after his motorcycle went off a road near the U.S. Air Force base at Aviano, 43 miles northeast of Venice.
September 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Three motorcyclists have been killed in traffic accidents during the annual Street Vibrations motorcycle festival in Reno, authorities said. Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. John Schilling said tow truck operators have responded to 35 other motorcycle accidents resulting in minor to moderate injuries. The five-day gathering ends Sunday after drawing about 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts. Motorcyclists were killed Friday on the Mount Rose Highway just southwest of Reno, on U.S.
December 18, 1988
Re Roger Simon's "The True Cost of Motorcycle Accidents" (Dec. 11): I agree that not wearing a motorcycle helmet is stupid. I also agree that my right to be stupid is a God-given right. I appreciate that it's fine with Simon if I want to be stupid. And, if I should have an accident, I certainly won't ask him to also be stupid and pay for it. Here's the sensible solution. Require completion of a comprehensive riding course. And require sufficient financial responsibility to cover any contingencies, including long-term medical care.
September 3, 1995
I was outraged after reading the tiny article in the July 24 paper about the motorcyclist killed in Reseda on Saturday evening. The article states that the driver of the auto was not [seriously] injured or held, but an investigation continued. Why? This person killed a motorcyclist while making an illegal left turn. Once again the legal system says it's open season on motorcyclists. They force us to wear helmets "for our own good" but refuse to do anything about these killers behind the wheel.
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