Motorcyclist killed in Livermore crash identified as Walnut Creek man

Police say James Peeff, 25, on cycle that ran red light at Holmes, Fourth streets during chaselice chase

The Alameda County coroner's bureau identified a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in Livermore while allegedly fleeing from police Wednesday night as 25-year-old James Peeff of Walnut Creek.

At about 11:50 p.m., an officer attempted to stop Peeff on Second Street near Holmes Street for speeding. Peeff immediately accelerated away and turned south onto Holmes Street, according to police.

Peef ran a red light at Holmes and Fourth streets, and the bike struck the driver's-side fender of a Ford minivan traveling east on Fourth

Street, police said. Peeff was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the minivan suffered minor injuries and was treated at ValleyCare Medical Center and released, police said.

Police noted that Holmes Street is marked as a 35 mph roadway. Peeff was wearing a helmet, but was not licensed to ride a motorcycle. It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, police said.

The intersection was closed until about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.

The fatal motorcycle crash was the city's second this year, according to police. There have been four fatal vehicle crashes total.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Livermore Police Department's traffic unit at (925) 371-4850.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by JS2086
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Sad that such a young life is over and for what?....

I'm glad I waited until my mid 40's to start riding a bike. I think it takes until that age to get over feeling "bullet" proof.

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Posted by Paul Faria
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

i heard about this story the day after it happened. so sad.
this young man worked at t tire shop that i deliver parts to daily.
he didnt have a motorcycle liscense at all.
he was missed by employees at kens tire shop off of vasco road.
RIP James.

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