Lakewood Man Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Lakewood Man Dies In Motorcycle Crash

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Al Obama

Corona, CA

#1 Aug 31, 2008
the police handled it terribly
Anna

AOL

#2 Aug 31, 2008
Why do you say they handled it terribly??
curious

Upland, CA

#3 Aug 31, 2008
Al Obama wrote:
the police handled it terribly
I am curious, did the police do something wrong? Do you know anymore about the accident?
Jim

San Diego, CA

#4 Sep 1, 2008
We were second car back when we came upon the accident. We didn't see what happened, but saw the clouds of dust rising so it had happened only seconds before we arrived.

I got out and walked closer to the scene. His motorcycle was laying in the fast lane, Greg in the center lane. It was obvious that Greg was dead at that point. There is nothing the police could have done to save his life.

The other motorcycle was about 500-600 feet further north in the fast lane, lying on its side, headlight still shining into the darkness.
friend of gregs

Pasadena, CA

#5 Sep 1, 2008
greg was a close friend of mine if there were any information u could provide to help me understand what happened please do so. WE LOVE U GREG AND WILL ALWAYS REMEBER YOU!
Jim

San Diego, CA

#6 Sep 1, 2008
The only other data point I can give you is that, given the freeway was moderately heavy with traffic, he couldn't have been more than a quarter to half mile ahead of us.

We saw no motorcycles jet past us, so I doubt he was going much faster than the flow of traffic, unless he had just entered the freeway at Nichols Road (I have no evidence that he did).

It really shook us up, it was a very bad scene. People were struggling with what they were witnessing. I'm sorry for your loss.
BAJ

Anaheim, CA

#7 Sep 1, 2008
I was driving about 2-3 cars behind the accident, when the SUV in front of me slammed on his brakes, swerved to the left, and there lay in front of me a motionless man (i was still going maybe 20 mph) and I swerved to the right without even looking in the next lane, barely missing him. The truck in the other lane barely missed me. I pulled over, called 911 ASAP, walked back and saw that the man was still not moving and someone was testing his pulse. The other bystanders were very good at making sure cars went around the scene until the police arrived, and protected the man. A woman immediately covered up Greg with a blanket.
Another driver told me that a lifted truck was going very fast (which I had also seen) and that two motorcyclists also drove fast past him, and all of a sudden one of them hit the back of a vehicle.
This was an awful sight and I sure hope it deters others from riding motorcycles if possible. I too am so sorry for your loss.
gregs friend Tom

Pasadena, CA

#8 Sep 2, 2008
I thank every1 who tried to help my friend. I just want people to know he was a great person and had too much ahead of him to be taken at such a young age. such a tradgedy for all of us who knew greg.I have few people in my life i consider friends and greg was one of them always quick to do whatever he could to help a friend. 24 is to young. I'ILL MISS YA GREG REST IN PEACE BROTHER!
Bob

San Pedro, CA

#9 Sep 2, 2008
I was a few hundred feet back from where the accident happened. I saw the break lights and a dust cloud. It was dark and the freeway was not too croweded. I did not see any motorcyle(s) fly by me, so if he was already on the freeway, I too, don't think he was speeding. I stopped my truck in the slow lane next to his body so no other vehicles would hit him or the other people trying to help him. A lady was checking for a pulse and then covered him with a towel. Moments later, another motorcylcist appeared who also looked injured. A stayed for about 10 minutes and when I was leaving noticed the other mototcyle about 600 feet up the freeway. I was puzzled how two bikers would be involved in a crash, with their bikes landing so far apart. I don't think the police could have done anything to help in as they were not there when it happened.
Jim

San Diego, CA

#10 Sep 2, 2008
Interesting turn of events here in the comments. We too were passed by a outrageously lifted truck (about as high as you could lift one) just before Rancho Calif Road. I was in #2 lane, he was beside us in #3 lane. traffic was slowing which apparently aggravated him, so he gunned it to slice right in front of us (there was no more than 25 ft between me and the car in front of me) and came within inches of whacking my right front. I had to slam on the brakes. He went right across to the #1 lane and almost tipped it onto two wheels. My wife and I commented that he was going to end up rolling that thing. It was a darker colored Silverado or GMC, the body style before the current one.

My wife states there was a second lifted truck going way fast in the #4 lane but I didn't see it as I was busy reacting.

By the time we got to the 15/215 Y I had lost track of the Silverado it was going so fast,continuing to weave.

And, come to think of it, when we came to a stop and saw the dust rising, we said to each other "I bet that truck flipped". We were shocked to find motorcycles instead of a lifted truck.

What do you bet it had something to do with it all?
Wondering --

AOL

#11 Sep 2, 2008
The car that the motorcycle hit had a couple and a very, very young infant in it - does anyone know if they were hurt???
Mich

Torrance, CA

#12 Sep 2, 2008
I live next door to Greg, his family is devastated! From what I hear, nobody else was badly hurt. His friend that was on the other bike was beat up..... but I think the people in the other car were ok. Tom, I'm so sorry for your loss. Greg will be missed terribly.
Gregs Future Wife Steph

Norwalk, CA

#13 Sep 5, 2008
If anyone knows about that truck anything please let us know. I know how my boyfriend rode and so do all his friends he's been on a bike forever and he didn't loose control he wouldn't have. I've been on that bike with him before and nearly hit and he didn't even flinch or wobble at all. He was amazing and I love him more than myself and if you can please give anymore information to us we will be so greatful i really do blame that truck. He was coming home to me and his mom he wouldn't of been messing around. I LOVE YOU BABY MORE THAN MYSELF and WE ALL MISS YOU.

Since: Sep 08

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Sep 5, 2008
Grer was a great guy and will be remembered forever I lived down the street from him for years and we had good times I will remember those times and never forget him!! Please let someone know if you have any valuable information regarding what you saw that night. Greg knew how to ride a bike and it still feels like a piece of the puzzle is missing. R.I.P. BROTHER!!!
Matt

United States

#15 Sep 5, 2008
I was about a 1/4 mile back so I didn't see any of the accident but I know that he wasn't getting on the freeway on the on ramp as someone suggested above because he was actually UNDER the freeway overpass before the on ramp. Traffic got re-routed to exit the free way then get right back on that way CHP didn't have to close down the freeway completely.

I do remember the big lifted truck passing me on the 15 in the Temecula area and I remember thinking that his music was incredibly loud.
Jake

Cerritos, CA

#16 Sep 6, 2008
Greg my brother, you were too good to last...One of my closest friends since we were 7 years old, you were a stand up guy in every way and were one of the best brothers i have had...you will be missed every second. I sure hope someone brings in some info on that douchebag driving that lifted truck like an asshole and they get whats comin to them. I know how you rode Greg cuz i rode beside you so many times and i have no doubt that this truck is the reason your not with us today...
crystal

Sherman Oaks, CA

#17 Sep 7, 2008
thank you all for all the information you have given us. Its nice to know people are taking time out of thier days to help people with thier loss. Greg and I were very close. We've been riding motorcycles together since we were 13. I know he wouldn't have lost control. Any additional help would be appreciated. Thank you to all. I miss you gregory brian and I love you more then life itself. I miss you so much it really is getting worse for me each day. RIP BROTHER
BAJ

Anaheim, CA

#18 Sep 12, 2008
My name is Joseph on the day I was with my girl and saw nothing until after GREG went down. This is the second entry from us. I ride and it could have ben myself or a loved one. If this truck played as big a part as we think, than what I would do is time cosuming and gas burning. It may not even be enough to place complete blaim. However if anyone would be willing, I look at the facts: Lifted truck, tires over 35", newer GM model, grey or silver color, labor day weekend, Sat. night, about 8pm, over confident driver/drunk, missing cars by inches, possibly squeezing GREG into the bumper of a slower vehicle. Playing leap frog. Rushing some where, but where? HOME, FRIENDS? I recomend taking a bike around all streets up to the 91 the truck is too big for a garage, find any similar ask questions lots of work but it may help DONT GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!
BAJ

Anaheim, CA

#19 Sep 12, 2008
When you do this foot work do it on a Fri. or Sat. after 8:00pm and before 3:00am when the truck will have made it home Yes there are many trucks that match this description, but not millions you can find this truck. You mayfind more than one, ask questions if its not the one the person will still be cooperative, but if its the one this person may be defensive then maybe the police can get better answers. Also if the person did not know what they caused they will know they were there at that time and I would hate to be them. We know he was headed north there are groups of houses north of the accident and south of the 91. Start there!! Maybe he lives much farther, lets hope he drove confident because he was almost home.DONT GIVE UP!!!!!!!!
annonymous

United States

#20 Sep 14, 2008
So for everyone that thinks it was this truck you are all talking about it wasnt... the truck was a newer style truck but it wasnt a GM or a silverado. So dont go looking for that!!

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