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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.
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.
October 25, 2008 | Associated Press
"Desperate Housewives" actor Gale Harold is out of intensive care at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and improving daily after suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident. A statement from the actor's representatives, Nancy Seltzer and Associates, says "a full recovery is expected." Harold -- who plays Jackson, the boyfriend of Teri Hatcher's character -- had swelling on the brain and a fractured shoulder after last week's accident.
September 29, 2008 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
An active-duty Navy member was riding his Honda CBR600 sport bike near Barrett Lake last week when he added 30 mph to the 55-mph speed limit, locked up his brakes and skidded through a turn, losing control of his motorcycle, according to the California Highway Patrol in El Cajon. The rider's body was found 140 feet down an embankment, his bike 75 feet away, the CHP said.
May 25, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Weekend warriors, the growing number of leather-clad motorcycle lovers who fire up their high-performance bikes around Memorial Day and take to California's scenic roads, are increasingly falling victim to deadly accidents caused in large part by risky riding. Shane Matthews, weekend crew chief of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department's air rescue squad, knows the dangers of the highway firsthand.
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.
December 27, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
A jury has awarded $15.7 million to a San Diego man who sued the city of Los Angeles after he was struck by a city-operated dump truck while riding his motorcycle in Northridge. The jury reached a decision last week in the case filed by Barry Bowman, a 62-year-old retired police officer who suffered brain injuries as a result of the accident, according to his lawyers.
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.
October 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
More than two dozen hospital staffers have been suspended for four weeks after allegedly peeking at George Clooney's confidential medical information after he was hurt in a motorcycle accident last month. Clooney, 46, suffered a broken rib and scrapes in the Sept. 21 crash, while his passenger, Sarah Larson, 28, injured her foot. Both were treated at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, N.J.
September 12, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to motorcycles, speed kills. At least that was the conclusion of an insurance industry study released Tuesday that found that motorcyclists were three times more likely to die when riding a high-performance racing bike than a hulking Harley-Davidson. So-called supersport motorcycles have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among young riders looking for an extremely fast, lightweight bike.
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