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Car-Bike Accidents Keep Los Gatos Police Busy, Victims Taken to Hospital

In a matter of hours, local cops assist with two crashes involving a motorcyclist, a high school bicyclist and two San Jose motorists.

Two car-bike accidents recently have Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police urging motorists to be watchful of motorcycles and bicycles.

The motorcyclist- and bicyclist-related car accidents took place on Oct. 18 at Camino Del Sol and Los Gatos Boulevard and at Loma Alta Avenue and Los Gatos Boulevard.

In the first one, reported at 12:11 p.m., a car driven by a 76-year-old San Jose woman pulled out from the stop sign at Camino Del Sol, across the northbound lanes of Los Gatos Boulevard, and for some reason, stopped, said Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police Sgt. spokesman Kerry Harris.

The motorcycle, ridden by a 31-year-old San Jose resident, was travelling northbound on Los Gatos Boulevard at about 25 mph and struck the car broadside, Harris said.

The motorcyclist was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with lacerations and abrasions. "I have no other information about his condition," Harris said, adding that the driver was at fault for violating the right of way of the motorcyclist by pulling out in front of him.

In the second accident, at about 3:04 p.m., a 15-year-old young woman riding a bicycle, a resident of San Jose and Los Gatos High School student, was northbound on Los Gatos Boulevard from the school.

After stopping, she proceeded north through the intersection of Loma Alta Avenue, when the driver of an automobile, a 58-year-old San Jose woman, struck her broadside as she was turning left onto eastbound Loma Alta from the stop sign at southbound Los Gatos Boulevard, Harris explained.

The girl was thrown from the bike, and sustained an injury to her ankle, as well as lacerations on her leg and elbow. She was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital, Harris said.

The driver in the latter accident was also at fault for violating the right of way of the bicyclist, Harris added. 

"As always, the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department urges motorists to be watchful for motorcycles and bicycles. By virtue of their size, bicycles and motorcycles are harder to see, so require a greater degree of attention from motorists who are operating their vehicles near them," Harris said.

Maria Ristow November 03, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Have you considered that every bicyclist you drive past could have been another car on the road? We need MORE people in LG on bikes, not less. I try to walk or bike wherever I can in town, knowing I can likely get around quicker, with easier parking, and leave the road to everyone who doesn't have the option of shedding their car. When my kids ride to and from school, they are saving TWO car trips, as I'd have to take them to their respective schools and then drive home. Everyone just needs to be careful and considerate. Maybe if drivers in the overcrowded LG traffic would just remember that bicyclists are lessening the traffic impact, they would be a little more forgiving of the few cyclists that don't follow all the rules. I certainly see my share of really selfish driving every single day in this town, but I don't vilify all drivers. My approach when walking or biking-- I assume that I am invisible to drivers. that has saved me numerous times. My approach when driving-- I have a lethal weapon in my hands and am required to look out for bikes and pedestrians. All drivers who are physically able should bike sometimes. It will open your eyes.
Karen November 03, 2012 at 02:55 AM
In the second accident, at about 3:04 p.m., a 15-year-old young woman riding a bicycle, a resident of San Jose and Los Gatos High School student, was northbound on Los Gatos Boulevard from the school. Huh? She lives in San Jose? So she doesn't live in Los Gatos, but she goes to LGHS? Not to take away from the bike accident, that's horrible. But we have more kids in our schools than the census says we have in our town.
Greg November 07, 2012 at 01:56 AM
That's kinda the way it is with all the divorce that's around these days, you have kids going to school from 2 different houses, both do not have to be in Los Gatos.
Homes & Estates Liquidation Providers H.E.L.P. December 02, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I am always watching for bicycles, but motorcycles that are coming up in your lane,often weaving between traffic scare the hell out of me!
Peter Cook December 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM
If the drivers in Los Gatos were any more stupid they would have to be watered twice a week.

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