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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
AUTOS
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.
AUTOS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Five people were injured, one seriously, when a motorcyclist lost control and crashed into a crowd Sunday during a motocross race in the parking lot at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. None of the victims' names were released. The accident occurred about 4 p.m. when the cyclist, rounding a curve in the AMA Super Motocross race, lost control and struck a hay bale, then flipped over into the crowd, said Will Nash, a spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department.
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