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SALINAS, California – A 6-year-old Salinas girl was killed after her father attempted to chase down a pickup truck on Highway 101 in North Salinas that he thought had his stolen motorcycle in the back, investigators said Thursday.
Just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Luis Armando Molina, 33, of Salinas, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicle on Highway 101 when he spotted a motorcycle in the back of a pickup truck, investigators said.
Believing the motorcycle was his stolen bike, Luis Molina chased after the gray truck, California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Lehman said. Luis Molina’s wife, three daughters aged 2, 5, and 6, and 10-year-old son were all riding in the SUV.
Dispatchers received 911 calls from motorists reporting two vehicles speeding recklessly on northbound Highway 101, Lehman said.
To catch up with the speeding truck, Luis Molina attempted to pass slower traffic by driving more than 60 miles-per-hour on the northbound shoulder, the CHP said.
He lost control and the SUV flipped near the Laurel Drive exit.
Xitlali Molina, 6, was thrown from the SUV.
Emergency responders who were first on the scene whisked the 6-year-old to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, Monterey Sheriff Detective Kevin Gardepie said.
Despite surgeons’ attempts to save her, Xitlali Molina’s injuries proved lethal. The 6-year-old was pronounced dead at 5:07 p.m. in the emergency room, Gardepie said.
At the crash scene, a rumpled pink child car seat lay next to the wrecked black SUV Wednesday evening.
Xitlali Molina had been riding in the back seat of her father’s SUV, the CHP said.
Investigators are focusing on determining if she was properly buckled in a child restraining seat before the collision, Lehman said.
Her 2-year-old and 5-year-old sisters were both properly buckled in child safety seats, and her older brother and parents had seat belts on, Lehman said. California law requires all children younger than 6, or weighing less than 60 pounds, to be secured in a child safety car seat.
Immediately after the crash, all lanes on Highway 101 northbound in North Salinas were shut down during the evening rush hour commute and traffic snarled for miles. The lanes were closed so that a CalStar ambulance helicopter could land on the highway.
The helicopter airlifted the driver’s wife, Maria Molina, 32, of Salinas, to a Bay Area trauma center to be treated for moderate injuries.
Luis Molina and his other three children escaped the crash with minor injuries.
The pickup truck driver fled the scene. On Thursday afternoon, CHP officers were still searching for the driver and the gray Chevrolet pickup truck with tinted windows.
Xitali Molina would still be alive playing with her favorite princess dollhouse and riding her pink scooter if her father had not chased the truck, neighbors said.
“It’s just sad. Especially if it’s a little girl and she has her whole future ahead of her,” neighbor Nick Mederos said Thursday. “One tragic incident and it’s all over.”
The father could be charged with reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter for the fatal crash. The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office will make that decision once the CHP concludes their investigation.
Luis Molina has a criminal history, including five convictions for driving with a suspended license. He has also been arrested for past reckless driving and burglary.
Chasing another vehicle on the highway, no matter what the reason, is not a smart course of action, Lehman said.
“The best thing to do is be a good witness. What’s most helpful to us is a license plate number, we can do a lot with that,” Lehman said. 911 dispatchers will alert nearby officers so that trained emergency officials can track down and pullover the suspected vehicle safely.
A man and woman died Sunday when they lost control of their Harley-Davidson motorcycle, cut across the 405 freeway, hit a car and were launched head first into a cement wall, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The man, 60, and woman, 57, were wearing full helmets, but the blunt-force trauma was too strong, said Officer Stacey Willits, who was at the scene.
The accident occurred at 11:18 a.m. on the northbound 405 near the Seal Beach Blvd. exit. The two were taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital with massive head wounds. They were pronounced dead at 12:07 p.m. and 12:25 p.m. Their identities have not been released.
The man was driving, and the woman was his passenger, Willits said.
Witnesses said the pair was driving in the first or second lane of the northbound 405 freeway at about 65 mph when the motorcycle started fish-tailing, Willits said. The bike then made an almost 90-degree turn and cut across the freeway to the sixth (slow) lane. It hit the left-rear corner of a Honda Accord and ejected the riders into a concrete road-construction divider.
The investigation is still open and officers do not yet know what caused the couple to lose control of the motorcycle. Willits asked that anyone who saw the bike lose control call the California Highway Patrol office in Westminster at 714-892-4262.
Law enforcement officers shut down the third through sixth lanes of the freeway for about an hour while CHP investigated the accident.
This accident is a horrible tragedy. I send my prayers and condolences out to the friends and family of the victims of this accident.
Based on the witness reports from this accident regarding the motorcycle’s rear end beginning to fishtail, it is possible that the victims suffered from a rear tire blow out, or a loose and unstable swing arm, or something to that effect. They could have even locked up the rear end braking too heavy. However there is no evidence based on the witness reports that the motorcycle was braking at the time of the accident.
Both victims were wearing full face helmets.
This accident should remind all bikers to check their tire tread and tire pressure before they ride their motorcycles. I am not saying that this is what caused the motorcycle accident, because I do not know, but it may have played a factor.
As the California State Department of Transportation is poised Friday to re-open Angeles Crest Highway, a curvy mountain road beloved by bikers, the CHP will step up enforcement.
The Crest’s sweeping turns and steep cliffs demand motorcyclists navigate the road with care and at a controlled speed, and the California Highway Patrol plans to help folks remember this through the Motorcycle Safety Coalitions grant, the agency announced Wednesday. CHP Public Information Officer Ming-Yang Hsu declined to release the amount of the grant.
The grant, which provides enhanced enforcement effort by CHP officers through September 30, will focus on traffic violations made by motorcyclists, as well as other vehicle drivers that can lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities, according to a CHP press release.
“Angeles Crest has one of the highest accident rates in the state,” Hsu said, adding the CHP waited to make the grant announcement until Caltrans’ announcement of reopening the road.
According to data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, 164 motorcycle-involved collisions occurred on Route 2 from Starlight Crest Drive to state Route 39 in Los Angeles County between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008. Among the collisions, eight were fatal, seven of which were the result of unsafe speed. Of those, speed was the primary collision factor for 98 of the accidents.
Therefore, in an effort to reduce the number of motorcycle-involved fatal and injury collisions along the 38-mile stretch of highway patrolled by the Altadena Area office, the CHP will establish a task force and develop and implement a public awareness campaign by working with local agencies and community members.
Funding for this grant was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Basically what this grant does is give the CHP more money to put more officers on the Angeles Crest to roust motorcyclist and bikers.
A captain with the California Highway Patrol has been arrested for suspected drunken driving after crashing his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in El Dorado County.
A CHP accident report obtained indicates that Robert D. Patrick, 47, was arrested late Friday night, and then released for treatment of moderate injuries related to the motorcycle accident, at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
According to the report, Patrick was riding a 2008 Harley-Davidson Fatboy southbound on Mt. Aukum Road south of Fairplay Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle traveled onto the dirt shoulder and overturned.
The report stated that due to Patrick’s level of injuries, his level of sobriety was undetermined and subject to further investigation. Patrick was released from the hospital Saturday.
Patrick is a 25-year CHP veteran and commander of special operations at the CHP’s Valley Division office in Rancho Cordova, according to CHP Asst. Chief Ken Hill, who is Patrick’s immediate boss.
Hill indicated that the investigating officers gave Patrick no special courtesy because of his position with the CHP.
“I can assure you we handled it the way we would with any citizen. There was no preferential treatment,” Hill said.
Hill said an internal CHP investigation was underway in addition to the criminal case that will be handled by the El Dorado County District Attorney.
Hill said appropriate action would be taken at the conclusion, but that a DUI conviction would not necessarily end Patrick’s career with the CHP.
For the record I do not think anyone should be riding motorcycles after drinking any alcoholic beverage, because it is flat out too dangerous.
I have friends who regularly drink a beer or two and then ride. I always tell them that it is a big mistake. It is better to wait until you are done riding, before you drink.
The case of CHP Officer Robert D. Patrick is a horrendous example of the pot calling the kettle black. I wonder how many people Officer Patrick has busted in his career for drinking and driving.
I am quite sure he also knows how alcohol affects a person’s ability to drive, let alone ride a motorcycle.
Officer Patrick is innocent until proven guilty. However, if he is found guilty of DUI on a motorcycle, his ass should be fired. We do not need officers breaking the laws we hire them to enforce.
Motorcyclists committing traffic violations on the Ortega Highway in Riverside County will be the target of a six-month enforcement campaign by the California Highway Patrol, it was announced Monday.
From April through the end of September, the CHP’s Temecula office will ramp up patrols on a 33-mile stretch of state Route 74 to catch unsafe motorcyclists, according to Officer Ron Thatcher.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “Motorcycle Safety Coalitions” grant will provide the funds necessary for overtime and special operations geared to motorcycle riders, Thatcher said.
CHP data from January 2007 to December 2008 indicate there were 75 motorcycle collisions from where the Ortega Highway begins in San Juan Capistrano to Green Avenue in southwest Riverside County. Twenty-five of the accidents resulted in injuries, and all were connected to speeding.
“Taking a turn too fast, a motorcyclist is likely to find himself in over his head,” said Capt. Ernie Sanchez, commander of the agency’s Temecula office.
“This stretch of highway demands concentration and caution on the part of the rider,” he said. “With this grant, we’re hoping to not only raise awareness and educate motorcyclists, but ultimately save lives and reduce the number of riders injured every year.”
The Temecula CHP will coordinate with local law enforcement agencies to conduct enforcement operations and advance public awareness efforts, according to Thatcher.
I am very concerned when I hear that law enforcement is going to single out bikers and motorcyclist for selective enforcement, especially in California.
I would like to hear from anyone who is the subject of harassment as a result of this announced policy by the CHP.
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Green Bay Packers tight end Spencer Havner was arrested early Saturday morning after he was injured in a motorcycle accident in an unincorporated area of Nevada County in California.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the former Nevada Union High School star was riding on a cul-de-sac off Indian Flat Road at about 2:45 a.m., when he lost control of his 2007 Kawasaki and crashed.
Havner was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, where he was found to be under the influence and arrested, according to CHP reports.
“There was a smell of alcohol, he was babbling somewhat and the on-site investigating officer determined that he was under the influence of alcohol,” said Grass Valley California Highway Patrol spokesman Eric Wagner. “The subject couldn’t remember what happened or falling off.”
Wagner said Havner, 27, was not wearing a required helmet and, according to the preliminary report filed by the arresting officer, Dina Hernandez, Havner sustained “major injuries,” including a broken shoulder blade, lacerations to his head and left arm.
Wagner said Havner was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center after blood was drawn.
“The sobriety field test was limited based on his injuries,” Wagner said. “But in the officer’s opinion (his blood-alcohol level) was greater than 0.08 percent.”
A final report will be forwarded to the Nevada County District Attorney’s office, likely early next week, when it will be determined if charges will be filed.
Havner’s representative, Mark Humenik, a general counsel for Athletes First, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his client “suffered only minor injuries.”
While Humenik confirmed Havner broke his scapula (shoulder), he should be fully recovered “in short order.”
“We have spoken to Spencer Havner about the injuries he sustained in a recent motorcycle accident near his home and we are monitoring the situation,” Packers spokesman Jeff Blumb said in a statement.
Nevada Union coach Dave Humphers, who mentored Havner, was shocked by the news. He said he has yet to talk to Havner.
“I just hope he’s OK,” Humphers said. “Spencer has always been a solid guy. He’s never been in trouble of any kind.”
Havner starred at UCLA but was undrafted in 2006. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder spent parts of three seasons trying to make the Packers as a linebacker. Last season, Havner, nicknamed “Duct Tape” for his ball-catching skills, switched to tight end and caught four touchdown passes.
The Packers offered Havner a tender as an exclusive-rights free agent earlier this month.
Let me tell you that Spencer Havner is lucky to be alive. To be frank he is an idiot for drinking and riding a motorcycle, let alone without a helmet. The injuries he suffered are painful and severe. I am sure the driving while under the influence will be the least of his problems.
Under no circumstances should anyone ever drink and ride a motorcycle, especially without wearing the proper safety gear.
I know lots of guys who enjoy one or two beer while on motorcycle road trips, thinking that only a couple of beer will not impair them; well B.S. it does.
There is no room for error while riding a motorcycle. I wish Spencer Havner a full and speedy recovery; hopefully he has learned his lesson about drinking and riding a motorcycle. Many bikers and motorcyclist do not ever get a second chance.
On September 26, 2008, while 25 year old Martin Allen Lacy was riding his motorcycle on Live Oak Canyon Road, in the Inland Empire, California, Martin Allen Lacy was killed when a woman named Holly Louise Ference, intentionally crossed a double yellow line to pass a van, driving directly into Martin Allen Lacy’s lane, striking him head on, and killing him.
Martin Allen Lacy was basically the victim of homicide by vehicle. There is no difference between someone shooting a gun off near people, and intentionally driving a car into oncoming traffic over a double yellow line, it is gross negligence rising to the level of a willful and wanton disregard for human life (murder).
This story is dedicated to the memory of Martin Allen Lacy, and his families attempt to bring the killer of Martin Allen Lacy; Holly Louise Ference, to justice through the legal system.
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The following is a letter written by Debra Lacy after the killing of her son:
I lost it 1 year ago, but it seems like yesterday.
In the early morning of Sept. 26 a Friday, my son woke me up to tell goodbye, give me a kiss and a hug, as he was leaving for San Diego to go to work, the time was 12:55am.
I told him I hated him leaving at this time, but he said it was better less traffic and all and that he would be very carful, and that he would call when he got there.
As always his dad was out checking his motorcycle, making sure that everything was good, lights, tires and tire pressure and brakes, gave him a hug and we watched him drive away, not knowing that would be the last time we would see him alive.
You should know that Martin has been riding since he was 2 maybe earlier, my favorite memory was seeing him in a diaper, tennis shoes, and a helmet jumping on his 70cc 3-wheeler trying to go after his dad at Glamis. He was a natural on 2 wheels 3 and 4 wheels, dirt and street.
He had a very good teacher who stressed safety first. The motorcycle that he was on he only had for a year, it was previously wrecked; he and his dad rebuilt it from the ground up with all new parts.
At 9:00am the morning of the 26th a very pregnant blonde lady was at our door asking if we were Martins parents. I said yes, but he wasn’t home he was at work. Then she said the worst thing a parent will ever here, she was from the corners office. I wish those words on no one, our world fell apart.
She said that it was instant, he didn’t feel a thing, then she said that he hadn’t done anything wrong, that we should be happy about that, that someone hit him head on. We asked where and when it happened, she said at 1:05am and about 15miles from home on the canyon road. As a mom I wondered what took so long to contact us, she said because they could not find his ID, and that she had his backpack and did we want it. Of course, we wanted that and our son.
She gave us a business card on who to contact and then left.
Then the hell starts, as if we didn’t have enough pain, thank god for our oldest son who stepped in and handled everything, even in his grief, but this was not going to be easy, it turned out to be a nightmare from the start and got worse, we were not allowed to see Martin until he was released to the funeral home where Matthew and his dad identified him.
The corner did an autopsy on Martin and said the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, no alcohol or drugs were in his system, and no other problems, death was instant.
As a mother I asked if the other person was hurt, they said no, and my reply was that’s good. When we asked how this happened, they said she was passing someone and hit Martin head on. We didn’t find out more until Matthew and Mark went to the scene and then went searching for the CHP officer that was at the scene at the time of the accident. That’s when they found out that woman who killed Martin was 22 years old , crossed a solid yellow line on an incline passing a van with no windows, and that Martin probably never even seen it coming. We found out the killer was released at the scene of the accident to her parents, who took her to the hospital to be checked out.
She was released with only a field sorority test done, no ticket no drug test nothing. Where was a 22 year old woman going on a Friday night at 1:00am in the morning going in such a hurry? If the situation was reversed, Martin would have been arrested taken down, tested, and at the very least ticketed.
Here it is almost a year to exact 20 days before the date and Martin’s killer still has not faced any consequences, not even a ticket, and here I am fighting the whole system for some kind of justice for our son MARTIN ALLEN LACY.
The Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office Tuesday identified 52-year-old Scott Hudson as the motorcyclist killed in a fiery collision southwest of Morgan Hill, California on Monday afternoon.
Hudson was traveling north on Uvas Road, just north of Little Uvas Road, when a speeding Honda Accord heading south crossed the double yellow lines and collided head-on with Hudson at about 3:40 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Hudson, of Los Gatos, was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene.
The motorcycle burst into flames, spreading to the Accord and then to nearby trees, the California Highway Patrol said.
Michael Eazana, the 22-year-old driver of the Accord, was not injured in the crash and was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and booked into the Santa Clara County jail. Eazana’s passenger, a 20-year-old Morgan Hill man, also was uninjured in the collision.
The crash closed Uvas Road for three hours as Calfire put out the fire and the collision was cleared.
This is a horrendous accident that killed a biker and motorcyclist, and could have been prevented if the driver of the Honda Accord obeyed traffic laws. The driver of the Honda if found guilty should be sent to prison for killing a biker.
I send my condolences to the family of Scott Hudson, may he rest in peace. He was simply riding his motorcycle when the Honda crossed the double yellow and hit him head on.
If you or your family have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, or wrongful death anywhere in the State of California, give me a call for a free consultation at 800-816-1529 ext. 1., or you may go to my website at www.bikerlawyer.net and submit your case online for a free consultation.
The driver of a white BMW 2004 linked to a hit-and-run accident Monday evening on northbound Interstate 680 has turned herself in, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Sobhanieh Mostakhdemin, 25, of San Mateo, turned herself in Wednesday afternoon at the CHP’s Dublin office and was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury, CHP Officer Steve Creel said.
Motorcyclist Robert Demartino Jr., of Livermore, was hit Monday on northbound Interstate 680 near Sunol Boulevard in Pleasanton, Creel said.
Witnesses said the driver of a white BMW had been traveling at more than 100 mph, nearly colliding with several vehicles. The driver began closely following a 2005 Chevrolet SUV before a curve in the highway, and Demartino was just ahead on a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R750.
The BMW struck the motorcycle’s rear wheel and Demartino was thrown to the pavement, where he hit his head, Creel said. Demartino was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he is listed in stable condition.
The BMW struck both the SUV and Demartino’s motorcycle, but only Demartino was injured, Creel said.
Creel credited two eyewitnesses with getting the BMW driver’s license plate number, which he said led officers to Mostakhdemin.
This women should be put in prison for a long time. She is a danger to society and bikers!
Gilroy – California
An unidentified 40-year-old Gilroy male was killed Tuesday evening after colliding with an SUV and an unidentified pickup truck in a hit-and-run accident.
The accident happened around 5:50 p.m. on the corner of Watsonville Road and Redwood Retreat Road.
Silver 2005 Silver Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport SUV, driven by a 31-year-old Santa Cruz woman, was traveling southbound on Watsonville Road at an unknown rate of speed and attempted to turn right onto Redwood Retreat Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A silver and black 2008 Honda Interceptor motorcycle was stopped at the stop sign on Redwood Retreat Road with an unidentified white Nissan pickup behind the motorcycle at the stop sign. As the Tacoma made an unsafe turning movement, it failed to maintain its lead and crossed over the solid double yellow lines of eastbound Redwood Retreat Road, impacting the motorcycle head on and forcing the bike to crash into the front end of the pickup.
The driver of the motorcycle was pinned underneath the right side of the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Santa Clara Count Fire Paramedics. The roadway of Watsonville Road and Redwood Retreat Road was partially obstructed for about two hours. Driving under the influence is not suspected, and no arrests have been made as of Wednesday morning.
Police are still looking for the pickup that left the scene. Anyone with any info can call the Hollister-Gilroy CHP office at 848-2324.
These are just a couple of the many motorcycle accidents that happen in the State of California, and that usually only the family, friends, victims, and medical workers know about. I am putting these accidents on the Biker Law Blog just to remind everyone that riding season is upon us.
People in cars must remember to watch out for bikers and motorcyclist. We have a right to share the road just like everyone else.
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