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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.
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.
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.
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.
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