Motorcyclist killed in Long Beach fre...

Motorcyclist killed in Long Beach freeway accident

There are 79 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Feb 2, 2010, titled Motorcyclist killed in Long Beach freeway accident. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

A motorcyclist was killed today in an accident on a freeway transition road in Long Beach, authorities said.

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Stacks

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Feb 2, 2010
I'm a rider as well. This is just a sad story. RIP to the guy.
Fellow Rider

Whittier, CA

#3 Feb 2, 2010
Ride In Peace.
Fellow Rider

Whittier, CA

#4 Feb 2, 2010
Spike wrote:
I'm guessing speeding around a vehicle, as every motorcyclist tend to do, lost control. Splat.
do yourself a favor: don't guess from now on.
it's cagers like you, full of negative assumptions, that make the roads a dangerous place.
Lynn

Garden Grove, CA

#6 Feb 2, 2010
My husband rides every day, and I am often a passenger. Every time we go out, there is at least one driver who just doesn't look in their mirrors before changing lanes and nearly runs us over. The only time my husband was involved in a collision is when a driver changed lanes into him and he could not change lanes out of the way. Drivers in this area forget that there are bikes on the road. I doubt the rider was speeding around a vehicle, more like he was trying to avoid a vehicle that just didn't bother to notice if he was there. My sympathies to the family.
LBC Resident

Carson, CA

#8 Feb 2, 2010
According to the news, Lynn, the rider was trying to go around a slower truck that was in front of him. At least that is what I heard.

Like Spike said (the 'splat' was unnecessary), many motorcycle riders do tend to speed around cars. I see them a lot. While they are very agile, if you will, I wish more riders would use the 'better safe than sorry' way of thinking.
Not trying to be insensitive or disrespectful, but if this person was, in fact, trying to speed around a slower truck (on a curving transition road/onramp), it would have been better to be more safe than sorry.
I feel for this man's family. He made a poor decision this morning (again, if the reports are true).
Spike

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Feb 2, 2010
Fellow Rider wrote:
<quoted text>
do yourself a favor: don't guess from now on.
it's cagers like you, full of negative assumptions, that make the roads a dangerous place.
Cager. HA HA. Is that what you future roadkill, err I mean motorcyclists, call us crazy people that choose life? Nice.

Deny all you want but us cagers are not the ones speeding around the big rigs and driving 80 mph between lanes. BTW, I didn't even know motorcycles had turn signals, never seen one used, guess it's too much to ask when you are swerving between us cagers.
Fellow Rider

Whittier, CA

#10 Feb 2, 2010
SWP wrote:
let me guess, a border brother in a big rig was at fault?
do yourself a favor: don't guess from now on.
Fellow Rider

Whittier, CA

#11 Feb 2, 2010
Spike wrote:
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Cager. HA HA. Is that what you future roadkill, err I mean motorcyclists, call us crazy people that choose life? Nice.
Deny all you want but us cagers are not the ones speeding around the big rigs and driving 80 mph between lanes. BTW, I didn't even know motorcycles had turn signals, never seen one used, guess it's too much to ask when you are swerving between us cagers.
yea, that is what WE call YOU.. and don't spit your words out so soon. are you really living? sounds like you, my friend, are just existing.
Cautaus driver

Cypress, CA

#12 Feb 2, 2010
This is such a tragedy that could of been avoided had he not been speeding and swerving around cars. I was there I saw this guy seconds before the accident happened he swerved around my car at about 80 mph. You know I am a very cautious and safe driver and I must say there are some horrible motorist out there that think we can see them at all times and guess what we cant we are in vehicles with blind spots and were also watching our backs we cant babysit everybody out there if it were that easy there would be no accidents. Bikers out there please please be more cautious and try to obey all speed limits don't swerve and go around cars just because you can. Remember its better to get to your destination late than to never get there at all. Peace everyone
Luke

Anaheim, CA

#13 Feb 2, 2010
If you dont have anything decent to say, then don't say anything. This is a tragedy so treat it that way. RIP to whomever it was.
LBCityGirl

Corona Del Mar, CA

#14 Feb 2, 2010
Lynn wrote:
My husband rides every day, and I am often a passenger. Every time we go out, there is at least one driver who just doesn't look in their mirrors before changing lanes and nearly runs us over. The only time my husband was involved in a collision is when a driver changed lanes into him and he could not change lanes out of the way. Drivers in this area forget that there are bikes on the road. I doubt the rider was speeding around a vehicle, more like he was trying to avoid a vehicle that just didn't bother to notice if he was there. My sympathies to the family.
Lynn, by far and away the majority of motorcyclists (and bicyclists) I see are not being safe on the road. You cannot expect drivers to keep a special eye out for you when you should be following the rules of the road yourself. Nearly everyday I witness a bicyclist blow off the stop sign at a four way or have to deal with a motorcyclist on the freeway who thinks riding in my blind spot--between the lanes-- is his right (or worse speed in front of me, cut me off and then slow down suddenly)!
There are a lot of days that people like you survive because I am a very careful driver. But at least once a week, they are only surviving because my guardian angel was watching out for me.
If cyclist and motorcyclists behave in an predictable manner their life expectency will rise dramatically.
God is Great

Compton, CA

#15 Feb 2, 2010
real sad story
curious

North Hollywood, CA

#16 Feb 2, 2010
Was he legal?
be happy

North Hollywood, CA

#17 Feb 2, 2010
Lynn wrote:
My husband rides every day, and I am often a passenger. Every time we go out, there is at least one driver who just doesn't look in their mirrors before changing lanes and nearly runs us over. The only time my husband was involved in a collision is when a driver changed lanes into him and he could not change lanes out of the way. Drivers in this area forget that there are bikes on the road. I doubt the rider was speeding around a vehicle, more like he was trying to avoid a vehicle that just didn't bother to notice if he was there. My sympathies to the family.
Really doesn't matter, as you'll probably be dead soon. Just enjoy your time on earth before your husband gets you killed.

Since: Dec 08

Long Beach, CA

#18 Feb 2, 2010
I think motorcycles should be LOUD. The noise is jolting and gets my attention. I don't like it, but I know that a motorcyclist has sped up from nowhere and I can move a bit for him/her to pass me.
I think

North Hollywood, CA

#19 Feb 2, 2010
Swimmaven wrote:
I think motorcycles should be LOUD. The noise is jolting and gets my attention. I don't like it, but I know that a motorcyclist has sped up from nowhere and I can move a bit for him/her to pass me.
I think you should sit down in front of your local WalMart, put a bucket over your head, and place a sign on your chest stating, "Please Beat the Bucket on My Head With This Rubber Mallet Until Your Arm Gets Tired, or I Keel Over on the Sidewalk".
unknown

Long Beach, CA

#20 Feb 2, 2010
It's a sad story for sure, but for those of you trying to blame us drivers in vehicals are being a little ridicules. Yes, I'm sure there are many idoit drivers out there that change lanes w/o looking and hitting or nearly hitting bikers, but often times, there are idiot bike riders out there that are speeding up really fast, and, it is not very easy to see one in the mirrior, and even if it is seen, it is hard to judge how fast they are gaining on you since when you make a lane change you normally glance over and then make the change if it looks clear. Bottom line, there are too many drivers out there that shouldn't be, both in cars and on bikes, but bikers need to slow up a little bit and quit riding the hashes if they would like to not end up in the paper...
RIP Lynn
unknown

Long Beach, CA

#22 Feb 2, 2010
sorry for the double post...
Fellow Rider

Whittier, CA

#23 Feb 2, 2010
be happy wrote:
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Really doesn't matter, as you'll probably be dead soon. Just enjoy your time on earth before your husband gets you killed.
may you live forever, but may your negativity die now.
Oh well

Long Beach, CA

#24 Feb 2, 2010
I hope the authorities brought a shovel!

Cuz when it comes to highway motorcycle accidents....that's all you really need to bring.

An ambulance isn't necessary.

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