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Motorcyclist Killed After Straddling Lanes, Colliding with Vehicle on 405

The motorcyclist was publicly identified only a 52-year-old Hawthorne man riding a 2002 Suzuki.

A motorcyclist was killed on the 405 in Culver City Thursday afternoon. Patch file photo.
A motorcyclist was killed on the 405 in Culver City Thursday afternoon. Patch file photo.

A motorcyclist who was straddling lanes was killed in a crash with a vehicle on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Culver City, the California Highway Patrol said today.

The crash was on the northbound 405 Freeway, north of Ballona Creek overpass, was reported to the CHP at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to a news statement from the CHP.

The motorcyclist was publicly identified only a 52-year-old Hawthorne man riding a 2002 Suzuki.

He was straddling between the left lane and the carpool lane when he was involved in a crash with a 40-year-old man driving a 2013 Dodge, according to the CHP.

The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike. Paramedics rushed him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was died from his injuries.

It was not immediately known if the motorist in the Dodge, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., was injured.

--City News Service


Lorelei Shark July 06, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Motorcyclists defy death every time they thrust themselves between speeding cars on the freeway. Their reckless behavior never ceases to astound me. Is it that they believe they are impervious to mutilation and death? Is it that they challenge themselves by playing a sick game of dare to make it between those cars going 70 miles-an-hour? I feel badly for this motorcyclist and his family and the cars which were involved. I've always thought it ought to be illegal for motorcycles to go between lanes or go along side another car in a lane. It's just begging for the inevitable. They need to have the same laws as cars - one lane — one vehicle.
Chuck Mason July 08, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Don't be afraid. Us riders alleviate your commuting pain by filling in the cracks of traffic flow. You get to work a bit earlier, and I get to work much earlier. It's a win-win situation. I cannot imagine being trapped in my 4-wheel box everyday.

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