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February 9, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A 42-year-old motorcyclist was killed Thursday when he collided with a Lexus as it made a left turn. Police did not release his name, pending notification of relatives. The accident occurred about 8 p.m., authorities said, as the motorcycle traveled west on Orangethorpe Street approaching Gilbert Street. The motorcyclist died at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation, authorities said.
January 14, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A 27-year-old Pomona man died Saturday when the motorcycle he was riding went down in the Orange Crush freeway interchange. Authorities did not release his name. The 10 a.m. accident occurred in the transition lanes of the southbound Orange Freeway to the westbound Garden Grove Freeway, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. No other vehicles were involved, he said.
December 13, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
High horsepower and diverse opinion exist in abundance on the issue of motorcycle safety, including from those who ride bikes, share the road with motorcycles, operate racing tracks and enforce the law. An outpouring of e-mails from readers followed a column I wrote two weeks ago about a horrific crash in Long Beach that took the life of a Long Beach City College teacher and a student at the school.
November 29, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
A distraught husband, three daughters, dozens of friends and hundreds of students are trying to come to grips with the death of Elisa Gigliotti. A Suzuki racing bike screaming at 80 mph in a 25-mph zone slammed into Gigliotti on Oct. 4 as she was leaving her job at Long Beach City College, igniting a fireball inside her Ford Escort.
November 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Police officers in Hawaii will place black bands across their badges in honor of a motorcycle officer who died after being injured last week escorting President Bush, authorities said. Steve Favela, 30, and two other officers crashed their cycles as the presidential motorcade was crossing Hickam Air Force Base to meet troops for breakfast. The Honolulu Police Department officer and father of four had been in critical condition. The other officers have been released from the hospital.
November 20, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A woman was thrown from the back of a motorcycle and killed, and another motorcyclist was in critical condition Sunday when suspected drunk drivers struck their bikes, police said. The two separate accidents occurred near a nightclub in South Los Angeles, where some 300 motorcyclists had gathered. Police broke up the crowd about 1:30 a.m., after receiving complaints that the bikers were causing a disturbance and racing their motorcycles in the streets, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.
August 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was seriously injured Monday when his motorcycle was rammed by a robbery suspect fleeing from a bank on Pacific Coast Highway, authorities said. The deputy, whose name was not released, was chasing the suspect's blue Honda when he was hit by the vehicle, said Sgt. John Hocking, a department spokesman. The deputy, a 17-year veteran of the force, was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center and underwent surgery for spinal and internal injuries, said Deputy Rich Pena.
August 14, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A motorcyclist was killed Sunday in an accident on a Costa Mesa Freeway onramp, the California Highway Patrol said. The 56-year-old Pomona victim was not identified. The crash on the Katella Avenue onramp to the northbound lanes occurred about 12:55 a.m., a CHP spokeswoman said.
May 14, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone and his wife were injured Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle they were riding crashed on the 91 Freeway near Corona, a county spokesman said. Stone, who represents the southwest portion of the county, apparently broke his collarbone and foot after stopping in abruptly slowing traffic about 12:30 p.m., said spokesman Ray Smith. Stone, who was en route to his son's swim meet in Long Beach, was taken to Riverside Community Hospital.
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