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January 2, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two motorcyclists who died this week in separate incidents in Los Angeles and Orange counties have been identified. Coroner's officials say 47-year-old Kirk Lane of Palmdale is the motorcyclist who, according to the California Highway Patrol, died Tuesday after veering off Angeles Forest Highway near Mt. Emma Road and crashing into a ravine. A witness told authorities that at 1 p.m., there were three motorcyclists traveling at high speeds when two of them passed the other on the left.
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April 19, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A 43-year-old female motorcyclist died after she was struck by a suspected drunk driver early Saturday morning in Gramercy Park in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Lisa McAllister of Long Beach was on a group ride with a local motorcycle group on Western Avenue about 12:50 a.m. when the driver of a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant heading in the opposite direction swerved into her path, said Sgt. Tim Colson of the Los Angeles Police Department. McAllister suffered serious injuries and died after being transported to a local hospital, Colson said.
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December 8, 2012 | By David Colker
At the Progressive International Motorcycle Show going on this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center, there's an odd sight at a few booths: people with large plastic syringes in their ears, getting shot with globs of colorful silicone. It's not a new body-modification fad, but instead the making of custom earplugs.  Wearing ear protection while riding is important -- researchers have found that motorcyclists who don't wear some sort of earplugs while riding can suffer hearing loss.
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February 16, 2014 | From a Times staff writer
A motorcyclist was killed Sunday morning when he allegedly tried to race a Lamborghini near the Beverly Center, police said. Police  told KLTA News the incident occurred on La Cienega Boulevard when the motorcyclist pulled up to the sports car and tried to race. The driver of the Lamborghini refused, and the motorcyclist sped off and struck the back of a BMW near Warning Avenue, police said. “When he took off, he unfortunately didn't see a vehicle that was up ahead of him and he collided into the rear of that vehicle,” LAPD Capt.
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August 29, 1987
An attempt is being made to link the lack of a helmet law with the prohibitive health care costs to California taxpayers for unhelmeted brain-dead survivors of serious accidents. If saving money is the issue, there will be no savings whatever--the same number of accidents will occur, and the seriously injured survivors will still require the same, if not more, public funds for care if they are uninsured. If the intent of AB 36 was to truly institute programs to save motorcyclists' lives, and not just to promote the abridgement of the rights of all motorcyclists, many more meaningful approaches could be tried: Department of Motor Vehicle education of both automobile and motorcycle operators as to their respective driving responsibilities; encouragement of motorcycle safety courses; tougher (perhaps tiered)
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November 12, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 43-year-old Thousand Oaks man was killed when he was ejected from his motorcycle and struck by a passing car, authorities said Tuesday. Gary Frank Nordstrom and two other motorcyclists were northbound on the Moorpark Freeway north of Pederson Road in Thousand Oaks shortly before midnight Monday when Nordstrom lost control of his motorcycle, authorities said. Nordstrom veered through the median and was ejected onto the southbound roadway.
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October 12, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A 34-year-old Simi Valley man riding his motorcycle at 90 mph on a city street was killed Thursday night when he collided with a pickup truck during a police pursuit. James Vargas died when his Suzuki 750 hit a Dodge Ram carrying two women on Fitzgerald Road. The women were not injured. The incident began about 8 p.m. when Officer Vernon Trujillo tried to pull Vargas over for speeding, said Lt. Rex Jones.
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September 3, 1995
I was outraged after reading the tiny article in the July 24 paper about the motorcyclist killed in Reseda on Saturday evening. The article states that the driver of the auto was not [seriously] injured or held, but an investigation continued. Why? This person killed a motorcyclist while making an illegal left turn. Once again the legal system says it's open season on motorcyclists. They force us to wear helmets "for our own good" but refuse to do anything about these killers behind the wheel.
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October 24, 2011 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Two separate traffic accidents on the 5 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley left two people dead and two others injured on Sunday, amid a popular children's charity event that attracts hundreds of motorcycle riders, according to event organizers and the California Highway Patrol. Authorities and organizers were trying to determine whether the two people killed were taking part in a motorcycle ride from Glendale to Castaic Lake to help raise money for autism research. "Whether they were or not, this was a tragic accident," spokeswoman Susan Morrison said.
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December 22, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Twin 23-year-old brothers were attacked by a motorcyclist Tuesday evening on an offramp from the Foothill toll road in Rancho Santa Margarita, officials said. One brother was shot and is in critical condition, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The other brother was stabbed and is in serious condition. Both were taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo. Authorities did not release the names of the two men. The motorcyclist fled.
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January 8, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
The man who was killed Monday night after he lost control of his motorcycle on the 2 Freeway was a former chief of surgery at two local hospitals and a prominent physician, officials said. Thomas Grosch, 53, of La Cañada Flintridge was pronounced dead at the crash scene near Mountain Street, Los Angeles County coroner assistant chief Ed Winter told the Glendale News-Press. He was traveling north on the freeway at about 5:55 p.m. on a Harley Davidson, possibly at a high rate of speed, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Miller.
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January 2, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two motorcyclists who died this week in separate incidents in Los Angeles and Orange counties have been identified. Coroner's officials say 47-year-old Kirk Lane of Palmdale is the motorcyclist who, according to the California Highway Patrol, died Tuesday after veering off Angeles Forest Highway near Mt. Emma Road and crashing into a ravine. A witness told authorities that at 1 p.m., there were three motorcyclists traveling at high speeds when two of them passed the other on the left.
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December 31, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A motorcyclist died Tuesday afternoon when he veered off Angeles Forest Highway and crashed into a ravine, according to the California Highway Patrol. A witness reported that at 1 p.m., three northbound motorcyclists were traveling at high speeds on the highway near Mt. Emma Road when two of them passed the third on the left. That biker than overtook the two on the right, moving onto the dirt shoulder, where he hit a dirt berm. The motorcyclist, a 47-year-old Saugus man, went over the berm and tumbled down the hillside, sustaining fatal injuries, the highway patrol said.
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December 28, 2013 | By Jason Song
A motorcyclist was killed Friday in Sun Valley when he collided with another vehicle, Los Angeles police said. The 33-year-old male victim was riding northbound on Tujunga Avenue near Valerio Street when he struck a 1986 Toyota Corolla making a left turn around 6 p.m., police said. Police have not said whether the Toyota's driver, a 47-year-old North Hollywood man, was cited. No names were released. ALSO: Los Angeles bus company shut down for safety violations Funeral for Korean War POW missing 63 years set for Saturday Authorities search for inmate who escaped from fire camp near Acton Twitter: latjasonsong jason.song@latimes.com
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November 12, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A motorcyclist in Riverside County collided with a donkey Monday night, killing it, authorities said. The 35-year-old rider from Moreno Valley was traveling northbound on Reche Canyon Road around 8:45 p.m. when at least one donkey walked out onto the pavement. The motorcyclist, who was going about 60 mph, wasn't able to brake fast enough and the two collided, according to Travis Monks, a spokesman for the Riverside County California Highway Patrol. The collision happened north of Stewart Road, an area where packs of wild donkeys live.  "There was more than one on the road," Monks said about the donkeys that night.
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November 9, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A grand jury in New York has indicted an undercover detective who took part in a violent clash between motorcyclists and an SUV driver, an incident which gained nationwide attention after video of the altercation swept across the Internet. Wojciech Braszczok was indicted on nine different charges, including first-degree gang assault, first- and second-degree assault, riot and coercion, according to court records. Braszczok, 32, would face up to 25 years in prison if he is convicted.
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June 19, 1996 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A motorcyclist who led police on a high-speed freeway chase through four Orange County cities does not appear to be linked to the 1993 shooting death of a Garden Grove police officer, investigators said Tuesday. Monday's chase ended when the motorcyclist, identified by hospital officials as Robert William Broge Jr., skidded into a bus and was seriously injured.
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