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September 29, 2009 | Gary Klein
Brian Baucham , USC's third cornerback before he was injured in a motorcycle accident this month, visited practice Monday and said he hoped to return to workouts in three or four weeks. "I've been truly blessed to just be alive," said Baucham, whose left foot and knee were wrapped in bandages. "I could be dead in a casket right now." Baucham was traveling from his family's Torrance home to USC on the morning of Sept. 17 when the accident occurred on the northbound 110 Freeway.
February 23, 2008 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
A police officer in Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's motorcade was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday morning on the way to a campaign rally, authorities said. The officer was identified as Senior Cpl. Victor Lozada-Tirado, who died after apparently crashing into a concrete barrier, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle said in a televised news conference. "Officer Lozada was very, very well respected. He had been here a long time and had touched a lot of people," Kunkle said.
November 8, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday in a three-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 5, authorities said. The accident occurred about 11:30 a.m. south of 17th Street when a 2002 black Ford Mustang traveling at a high speed hit a white Ford F-250 that then hit the motorcycle. The motorcyclist, whose name has not been released pending notification of relatives, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mustang, Alexander Jakusin, 24, of Aliso Viejo, was arrested.
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.
July 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Suisun City motorcyclist was found alive nearly two days after he ran off Highway 12 while returning from a visit with his mother. Fredrick Hinds, 46, suffered two broken legs, cuts and bruises Monday night when his motorcycle hit a rock and ended up in a patch of tule reeds along Denverton Slough near Rio Vista. After searches by the highway patrol and law enforcement failed to find him, his employer, M&M Sanitary, hired a helicopter and pilot to continue the search.
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.
June 19, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A speeding motorcyclist was killed early Monday when he drove over an embankment of the 405 Freeway in Van Nuys moments after failing to heed commands from Los Angeles police to pull over for a suspected traffic violation, authorities said. John Samuel, 23, of Encino was driving about 1:30 a.m. on the freeway just south of Victory Boulevard when the bike left the roadway, authorities said. "Samuel was ejected from the motorcycle and he sustained fatal injuries," CHP Officer Miguel Luevano said.
June 15, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man riding a motorcycle was killed Thursday after hitting a sports car and a tractor-trailer, authorities said. Brandon Garcia, 23, of Irvine was switching lanes heading south on Beach Boulevard about 7:45 a.m. His handlebar struck the tractor-trailer and he veered into a Mercedes-Benz, witnesses told police. The motorcycle bounced off the car back toward the tractor-trailer, which ran over the man. He died at the scene.
May 13, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A Paramount man died when he lost control of his motorcycle on a city street and crashed, authorities said Saturday. David N. Burton, 37, died Friday at a hospital after the 9:45 p.m. crash, an Orange County coroner's office spokesman said.
February 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 13-year-old boy was killed when the dirt bike he was riding hit a gate in the hills north of Simi Valley, authorities said. Jake Lukas of Simi Valley was unable to stop his motorcycle Sunday before it ran into the cable-type gate across a dirt road on private property north of Walnut Street, officers said. Jake, a student at Valley View Middle School, had blunt-force injuries to his neck and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
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