Five Killed In California Crash Involving 12 Motorcycles

I usually don’t post about motorcycle accidents. They are all tragic and this one is particularly horrific. If I publish the circumstances it’s because it involves one car fleeing the scene of the accident and I hope that it may help find the driver of this car. Five people were killed and six others seriously injured when a car struck a group of 12 motorcycles  Saturday at 1 pm local time on a California desert highway east of San Diego. A gold Honda Civic tried to pass them, police said, but a Dodge Avenger swerving to avoid hitting the Honda struck the motorcycles head on. The gold Honda Civic left the scene without stopping and police want to talk with that driver. Two male and two female motorcyclists were dead before paramedics got there. The sedan driver suffered major injuries and his female passenger was killed. Both were from Mexico. Motorcyclists belong to a club called Saddletramps celebrating this month its 10-year anniversary. Anyone with information is asked to contact the California Highway Patrol.

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13 Responses to “Five Killed In California Crash Involving 12 Motorcycles”


  1. 1 pabstbluerigid Nov 14th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    “The driver of the Avenger, Carlos Ramirez Bobadilla, 36, of Mexicali, Mexico, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, The Associated Press reported.

    Bobadilla’s breath smelled like alcohol, and the results of a blood test are pending. He also broke his hand during the accident. California Highway Patrol Officer Deeann Goudie said Bobadilla won’t be held responsible for the deaths based on evidence gathered so far.” WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THAT’S BULLSHIT, HE SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH 5 COUNTS OF MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!! VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, WHATEVER!!!!!!!! HAD HE NOT BEEN “UNDER THE INFLUENCE” HE MIGHT HAVE/COULD HAVE/MAYBE SWERVED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION AND JUST RUN OFF THE ROAD!!!!!!!!!

    HE SHOULD BE STRAPPED IN A PIECE OF SHIT “CAGE” (YES A CAR, PEOPLE), A CINDERBLOCK DROPPED ON THE GAS PEDAL AND SHOULD SUFFER THE SAME HEAD ON FATE WITH A BIG BRICK WALL.

    EYE FOR AN EYE.

  2. 2 Zyon Nov 14th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    pabstbluerigid, I agree with you 100%. He is just as guilty as the Honda that ran off…

  3. 3 TIm Nov 15th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I agree: He should be charged with something more than DUI. The gold Honda Civic should be relatively easy to find, but he’ll maybe get a reckless driving charge. The drunk driver perhaps could have avoided the entire thing if he had been sober and paying more attention. In five years, when the trial is held, the drunk driver will be deported and the gold Civic driver will get a couple of years. Bikers are – let’s face it – seen by courts as reckless, just for riding, and that sucks. It’s not for courts to judge anyone who is abiding by the law no matter what they are doing. You don’t like bikers, recuse yourself from a case. Let’s hope no one finds the Civic guy before the police do.

  4. 4 A 1 CYCLES Nov 15th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    this is just a reminder..no matter how good your safety equipment, how good your bike turns or stops…riding along in a group enjoying your day off…something completely out of your control can happen….it is a sure reminder to me to enjoy everyday..have no regrets..live life at its fullest.and remeber to kiss your kids before you ride.

  5. 5 BigWave Nov 15th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Regardless of his blood alcohol level, the law does not allow you to choose to take out motorists traveling in the oncoming lane to avoid an obstruction ( the gold Honda) in your lane. There’s also something in the law about the “last clear chance to avoid an accident” I put the blame on the driver of the Avenger, again regardless of his blood alcohol level, because his vehicle crossed iinto the path of the motorcycles rather than avoid the bikes and take on the Honda.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to put the driver of the Honda in the cell next to the driver of the Avenger, but I think the law will see it that the driver of the Honda who made the first mistake is not going to be held directly responsible for the deaths of our fellow riders. The driver of teh Avenger should be found guilty of 5 counts of vehicular manslaughte even if he never took a drink in his life.

  6. 6 cwglide Nov 15th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Amen A1, that is what i live by. We have a dangerous live style, and wouldn’t change it. Goes to show you when your time is up it can happen anywhere. So horrific this was. I feel for there families, and loved ones. Remember it happened this year in Arizona. A club was parked at a intersection and this pick-up didn’t stop and killed like 5-6 members were killed. Have to be ready for anything.

  7. 7 Bigalyts@aol.com Nov 15th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Yesterday is History, tommorrow is a mystery, so all we got is Today It’s called a Gift to live in the Present. This is Horrific as cyrill said it. How did you hear about this one, Cyrill? Don’t tell me that your Police Radio has a CHP Chip in it? I’m sure every Biker in Ca. new about this one within an hour after it happened.

  8. 8 martin Twofeather Nov 15th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I agree with BigWave the driver of the avenger had a choice and he chose to take five lives………

  9. 9 Miami Chopper Shop Nov 15th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Man, this was is a hard one to take.

  10. 10 Waitaminute Nov 15th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    @ Bigalyts@aol.com – It was posted all over the news here in California this weekend. I’m sure it travelled abroad, as well.
    Very, very sad.
    To some extent I agree that the driver of the Dodge should have swerved to the right – not into oncoming traffic. However, IMO, the Honda was the one at fault. California law states that in order to pass on a 2-lane road as this (where there is a broken line permitting) that the car intending to pass (ie: the Honda) must wait until it is CLEAR to proceed, something of which it evidently did NOT do. I think that both of the vehicles were at fault for seperate reasoning.
    I feel deeply for the families that suffered so much loss and I hope they find the Honda and bring him to justice…

  11. 11 dmitriy Nov 15th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Some news articles say that the Dodge initially swerved to the right shoulder, then overcompensated by swerving left. The driver lost control, sending the car into a sideways skid and ramming head-on into at least six motorcyclists.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/14/local/la-me-motorcycle-crash-20101115

  12. 12 BigWave Nov 16th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I guess maybe I over-reacted and shouldn’t have jumped to a conclusion. It’s such a sad situation and senseless waste it can make a person more emotional than rational. I’ll be waiting to hear what survivors have to say about what happened.

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