Crash closes portion of Bernal Avenue Wednesday afternoon


A truck and a motorcycle collided around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, leading police to close westbound Bernal Avenue between First Street and Case Avenue.

Sgt. Barry Mickleburgh said the motorcyclist was transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley to care for non-life threatening injuries. The passengers in the Toyota Tacoma truck appeared to be uninjured.

The collision reportedly occurred as the driver of the truck was making a left turn from Main Street onto Bernal Avenue, and the motorcyclist was headed west on Bernal Avenue towards the library.

Mickleburgh said neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the collision.

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Posted by J
a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 4, 2009 at 10:16 pm

get well blake

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Posted by Janet Bell, Pat's Mom
a resident of another community
on Nov 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Blake (Mario), I'm SO sorry!! Wishing you a speedy recovery. You're in my thoughts & prayers.

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Posted by colette
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 5, 2009 at 11:50 am

That is such a scary intersection! I hope everyone is doing better!

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Posted by tyu
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I ride motorcycles and hate these stories. Car/truck making left hand turn in front of oncoming motorcycle, motorcycle loses. As a motorcyclist we must take our safety into our own hands and in a way blaim ourselves for every accident, knowing that our life is on the line. Some accidents are tough to avoid though and I hope the motorcyclist heals up and the truck driver has good insurrance and drives safer from now on.

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Posted by G's
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm

We are so sorry to hear about the accident. Hope you have a fast recovery.

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Posted by CJ
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Nov 5, 2009 at 6:25 pm

The number one cause of motorcycle fatalities is cars pulling out or turning in front of motorcycles which have the right of way. Get well soon, keep the lights on and the shiny side up! A fellow traveler

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Posted by MartyB
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Whats up Bro!?! Solider on kid. Ull be alright and ull be home in no time! Just be nice to the cute little nurses coming in to check on you. Ur lunch was amazing btw. Think I might kick my feet up and take a nap on the bed next to you. Yup....HIGH FIVE!!!


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Posted by Josh
a resident of Rosewood
on Nov 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Blake, glad you're okay man. FYL though. Told you bikes were bad news.

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Posted by Auntie Karen
a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Greetings from China Blake!!! You are in our thoughts. You will get better and be back to yourself soon. You are young and in perfect physical shape! Courage!!!

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Posted by mom
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

As the mother of the young man hit by the pickup truck on wednesday I just want to thank all the well wishers and their comments as well as those people who assisted Blake at the accident scene. Thank you to all the friends and relatives that visit each day with a special thanks to all his ROTC Army buddies and personnel. Your constant support is inspiring and GREATLY appreciated. Although Blake's injuries may not be "life threatening" a broken femur requiring 4 hours of surgery and over a years worth of recovery is nothing to take lightly. The pain and suffering he is experiencing brings tears your eyes. Not to mention the huge inconvenience it places on our lives. This accident should never have happened. And I urge every driver out there to pay closer attention when behind the wheel. I also urge the city of Pleasanton to take a better look at that intersection and consider ways to make it safer.

B Boehme

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