Motorcyclist killed in Livermore accident

May have lost control while traveling at high speed on eastbound Murrieta at Portola

A man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Livermore early yesterday, police said.

An officer on patrol found the motorcyclist around 12:30 a.m., Livermore police Sgt. Keith Graves said.

The motorcyclist was found near the intersection of Murrieta Boulevard and Portola Avenue, police said.

Graves said the man is believed to have been traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Murrieta Boulevard when he may have lost control

around a turn and collided with a sound wall.

The intersection was blocked off and should be reopened around 6 a.m., police said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation and the name of the deceased man has not been released.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I was young once, too, and rode too fast too often, taking risks that not only could have, but should have ended me.

Anyone who straddled a crotch rocket when they were young knows they were lucky: openly lucky to have had the thrill of the experience and secretly lucky to have survived.

RIP, pal. I'm sorry you died, but I know how you felt before you lost it and why you were riding the edge.


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Posted by M.L.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 9, 2012 at 9:41 am

Very nicely said Mike!!

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Posted by Staycee D. Ragon
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

The name was released already a few hours after it happened.
31 year old Daniel Vanderhooven of Livermore.

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Posted by Mike Cheney
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

So Very True Mike. The thrill of living can sometime take you to far. 86 Ninja 1000 broke my jaw in two places due to being young and stupid with no helmet. Rest in peace Daniel. Ride to live and live to ride!

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

We need the Harley guys to keep the BART-using Oakland invaders from feeling too comfortible in our city. When I used to ride with Satan's Demons, we'd go to ante-war rallies and kick the stuffings out of the long hair hippys. Now I live in a city with a hippy mayor. Boy life sure takes some twisted turns.

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Posted by Tragedy
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Aug 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Steve; not sure what you're talking about, but this is neither the time or place for your bizarre remeniscing. Please keep to yourself and stay off this page, so we can instead show respect to the young man who suffered this tragedy.

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Posted by lancem
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Aug 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Tragedy - I'm not exactly sure why we need to show respect to a man (not a young man if he was 31 - definitely old enough to know better) who basically killed himself and could have killed others. While there are a lot of details missing, driving at a "high rate of speed" at 12:30am usually doesn't conjure up images of someone who deserves a lot of respect. This person may deserve respect for many things in his personal life, but this incident is not one of them.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

My point was a simple one. With the trajic loss of this young mans life we loose an opportunity for one more stall-wart to defend our good city from the roughians that invade us from Oakland and other low income housing areas.

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