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A motorcyclist is struck twice, dies along the 5 Freeway

A motorcyclist was struck and killed while out riding their motorbike along Los Angeles' 5 Freeway in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 18. California Highway Patrol (CHP) first started receiving reports of a crash along the portion of the interstate that runs through Elysian Valley just before 2:05 a.m.

A Lancaster man dies in a motorcycle crash along the 118 Freeway

A 50-year-old Lancaster man lost his life while riding his motorcycle along Granada Hills' 118 Freeway early in the morning on Friday, March 2. The man is believed to have died instantly when his bike crashed into the rear of a disabled vehicle. He was driving along the Ronald Reagan Freeway just before the Balboa Boulevard exit.

A biker is struck, killed by a suspected drunk driver in Torrance

A 57-year-old motorcyclist was struck and killed by a driver who was apparently driving his pickup truck in the wrong direction down the 405 Freeway right before 3 a.m., on Sunday morning, Feb. 4. The fatal crash occurred in one of the highway's southbound lanes right between the Crenshaw and Artesia Boulevard exits in Torrance.

Why do motorcycle crashes occur and how many die in them yearly?

We're all aware that motorcyclists are at significantly more risk of becoming involved in a potentially fatal crash than their automobile-driving counterparts. What many lack an understanding of, though, is why.

Los Angeles motorcyclist's death is attributed to road rage

A 21-year-old Los Angeles man lost his life in a motorcycle crash on Monday, Dec. 25. A spokesperson with the Gardena Police Department has announced that a 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the man's death.

Why are motorcyclists 50 and over most likely to die in a crash?

Recent data, compiled by the National Institute for Highway Safety, shows that currently, at least 35 percent of all motorcyclists who die in crashes are at least age 50 or over. This is a significant shift from the same data compiled in 1975.

2 Los Angeles brothers die after being struck by a patrol car

A deputy sheriff, dispatched to an emergency call, struck another car before crashing into several others on both the sidewalk and in the crosswalk on Nov. 18. The accident seriously injured several of the pedestrians and resulted in the deaths of two boys.

A Koreatown bicyclists is struck, killed in a hit-and-run

A 30-something-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed while riding his bike in Los Angeles' Koreatown in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 25. The crash happened in the western portion of the city shortly before 2:00 a.m. The intersection of San Marino Street and Western Avenue remained closed for some time afterwards as police attempted to recreate the crash.

An alleged drunk driver strikes, kills a Santa Clarita Valley mom

An Oct. 6 drunk driving crash claimed the life of a young mother from Saugus. The crash occurred around 11:48 p.m., as the 37-year-old drove home from visiting her twin preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit at an area hospital.

Northridge Fatal Accident Reminder of Street Racing Dangers

Street racing culture in Southern California has always had a strong following. Popularized in movies such as the "Fast and Furious" franchise and various video games, the pervasive subculture has seen new life in social media. Drivers and fans alike use various social media channels to spread videos of vehicles racing as well as locations of races. Unfortunately, without proper safety measures, training and racetracks for drivers to show off their skillsets, fatalities occur far too often. Drivers, passengers, spectators and bystanders are put at risk during races.

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