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2 motorists killed in separate accidents Thursday afternoon in Livermore, Castro Valley

One loses control of his motorcycle, another of his SUV on busy roadways

Two motorists, one in an SUV and the other riding a motorcycle, were killed in separate accidents Thursday afternoon in Brentwood and Castro Valley.

The California Highway Patrol reported that a car struck and killed Laurence Findley, 50, of San Jose, on I-580 in Castro Valley about 4:40 p.m. Thursday. Findley lost control of his motorcycle for an unknown reason while driving west on the freeway near Redwood Road. He fell from his 2008 Harley Davidson into the highway's fast lane, and a 1995 Chevy Tahoe struck him while traveling at about 65 mph, the CHP said.

Emergency crews pronounced Findley dead at the scene.

The driver, Union City resident Cedric Houston, 44, was not arrested.

In Livermore at about 6:30 p.m., a Brentwood man was killed Thursday when he lost control of his SUV and struck a concrete abutment. The driver of a Lexus SUV was traveling south on North Vasco Road between Dalton Avenue and Garaventa Ranch Road when his car veered right and struck a curb, police said.

The Lexus swerved to the left, traveled over the center median, crossed the northbound lanes of traffic without hitting any other vehicles, and came to rest after striking the concrete abutment, police said. The driver was identified by the Alameda County coroner's Arnold Rose, 70, of Livermore.

Vasco Road, which has been the site of numerous fatal accidents over the past decade, was closed for about three hours Thursday night during the police investigation.

The road is a major commuter route between Brentwood and Oakley in Contra Costa County and Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore in Alameda County. Between 1996 and 2008, 16 people have been killed in crashes on Contra Costa County's portion of the road. Most recently, Marco Ortiz, an Alameda County sheriff's deputy, was killed Dec. 30 in a crash on a stretch of the roadway just north of

Livermore.

The investigation of Thursday night's crash is ongoing, and police have asked that witnesses contact the traffic unit at (925) 371-4850.

Bay City News contributed to this story.

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Posted by Allan
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

The article is misleading, although unintentionally. The accident was not on the long isolated stretch between Livermore and Brentwood. It was in town on the Livermore side. The typical Vasco fatality is related to drivers running into head-on traffic while trying desperately to pass somebody.
In the area of this accident, Vasco is completely straight, has four lanes and has a center median as indicated. Yes, this stretch of Vasco was closed for three hours, but since it was in-town, a short detour was set up in Livermore city streets.
I'm quite sorry the poor gentleman died, but his accident has nothing to do with "that dangerous Vasco Road". If he had done the same thing on any other four-lane road in any town, the same thing could have likely happened.
The last thing we need is to raise up a cry of "doing something" about Vasco. Those of us who have to drive it every day can verify that there is PLENTY of law enforcement on that stretch of road.


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