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Motorcyclist injured in crash on I-680

Original post made on Jun 23, 2009

A motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a collision on northbound Interstate Highway 680 in Pleasanton Monday evening, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 4:20 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Law Abider, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 23, 2009 at 10:08 am

Similar to laws allowing forest service to recoup costs of fighting fires caused by negligence of an indivual, there should be a law that allows those that are harmed in the consequences of actions by idots such as these to recoupe damages caused to the persons, families, and the cost of time wasted by all those caught in the traffic backup. Existing laws and traffic tickets/fines are not enough to reduce imbeciles such as those that think they have the right to drive their motorcycle 100mph on the public road system.

Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 10:14 am

Julie is a registered user.

In this case I hope the BMW driver can recoup his/her damages and not be blamed simply because it was motorcyclist. I know I have had bicyclists almost cause me to hit them and likely I would have been blamed.

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Jun 23, 2009 at 10:58 am

Funny how facts differ depending on where one reads them. CoCoTimes says the motorcyclist was hit by a hit'n run BMW doin' 100mph.

"As me ol departed momma used to say... Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see....."


From Contra Costa Times
Updated: 06/23/2009 09:33:44 AM PDT

PLEASANTON — A motorcyclist was seriously injured Monday evening after he was struck by a car on Interstate 680, the California Highway Patrol said. The driver of the car then sped away heading northbound.

The hit-and-run occurred about 6:35 p.m. on northbound I-680, south of Sunol Boulevard. CHP reported that the driver of a 2004 white BMW sedan was driving at upward of 100 mph and almost collided with several vehicles.

The driver began closely following a 2005 Chevrolet SUV before a curve in the highway and the motorcyclist was just ahead driving a 2007 Suzuki GSXR750. The motorcyclist's rear wheel was struck by the front of the BMW and the motorcylist was ejected onto the pavement and his head collided with the concrete roadway.

The driver of the SUV came to assist the motorcyclist. He was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with major injuries.

The BMW driver reportedly drove away with a flat front tire. CHP is trying to determine the driver's identity through an ongoing investigation.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 23, 2009 at 11:30 am

What is it with you people who jump to conclusion. Being a Motorcyclist myself I am tired of the negative image you non motorcycle riders have with no real cause.

How about we point out the people in cars still using cell phones, eating breakfeast, reading, tail gating. I see them every day and guess what they are all doing more than the limit. Law Abider - car drivers break the law as much as everyone else so drop the anti motorcycle rhetoric.

Posted by Lynne, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

Mercury News has the story same as CC Time - it was a hit and run by the BMW hitting the motorcyclist

Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Geez, Resident, calm down! I was responding the article, not jumping to conclusions. I'm sorry there was crappy reporting and it turns out to have been inaccurate, but that is not my fault. Law Abider was suggesting that everyone caught up in traffic be compensated, my point was that hopefully the one hit would be compensated even though (as *reported*) it was a motorcycle.

For the record, I am neither anti-motorcyclist or anti-bicyclist. However, my observation is that the law tends to side with the cyclist regardless of their behavior. Growing up in S.F. all I ever heard was how unfair everything was for the cyclists, and yet, on my numerous trips commuting through Golden Gate Park guess who constantly ran stop signs and swerved in and out of traffic? Recently a teenager on a bike appeared out of nowhere and literally "flew" in front of my car. I am thankful we somehow stopped in time and that she wasn't injured. However, it's frustrating that had I injured or killed her, I likely would have been the one being sued.

I actually agree with you - I think in general motorcyclists are safer drivers, out of necessity! My husband used to ride one and I heard all sorts of stories regarding how cars used to almost hit him (actually he was hit once). For the record, we hear all the time about how bad drivers in cars are - just read these blogs!

Posted by mac, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Law Abider - would your sentiment hold true for cars, too, that are driving wrecklessly and in excess amounts of speed? Thank goodness Uncle Homer set the record straight and Resident stood up for motorcycles.

One can never make a judgement with one's eyes closed.

Posted by Law Abider, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

The general point was focused on traffic law breaker/accident causers and remains the same. Due to the inaccuracy of at least one of the articles, replace '..right to drive their motorcycle' with '..right to drive their vehicle'

Posted by Law Abider, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:47 pm

One can never make good judgement with using their emotions

Posted by mac, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Law Abider - I'll accept your "replace" 'right to drive their motorcycle with right to drive their vehicle' as THAT is the real point.

Julie - I hear you about the cyclists, too. I had one drive right through a red light in front of me on Case Ave. about a month ago. He was flying and when he saw me he winced. I cringe to think how devastated my family would be, monetarily, if I'd hit the idiot, so I did roll down my window and let him know that I expected him to follow the laws, too. His response? "What business is it of yours?!"


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Julie is a registered user.

mac, unbelievable! Well, actually, it is believable!

I think that once we choose to share the road with other, whether on foot, on wheels or in vehicles, we *are* each other's business!!

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