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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.

John Green November 02, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I find it amusing that the Police and other public safety observers always put the complete responsibility for safety on the motorist and not on bicyclists. Emboldened by the press and courts that constantly excuses dangerous road behavior, bicyclists are now sacred cows; they can do no wrong even when they blatantly break laws, i.e., run red lights, straddle the white line intended to protect them while taunting cars, weaving through traffic as if motorists were telepathic, etc., etc. If you hit one of these jerks, your life will never be the same. They are strident, irresponsible and combative. Any sane society would not mix 5,000 lbs. vehicles and bicycles on the same road yet motorists are not only asked to do this every time they get in the car, but are held 100% responsible for even the sins of the bicyclist. It is a formula for death and disaster made worse by the attitudes of these bicyclists who apparently believe (rightly) that they can do no wrong.
Dianna Bolin November 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
We live at the intersection of Los Gatos Blvd and Loma Alta. This intersection is a hazard for cars, bikes and pedestrians. No one follows the traffic laws. If one sits and observes the traffic patterns you will observe multiple violations. It is the responsibility of the city to enforce the law. Bicycles are moving vehicles and should be cited for running the stop sign (I ride a bike), cars should be cited for failures to stop for pedestrians and running the stop sign and pedestrians need to have better visibility to cross safely. Just sayin.
John Gorman November 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
It is still astonishing to me how backward our society is regarding transportation. We are totally dependent on cars (i.e. Chevron, Conoco-Philips, Exxon, etc...) for our transportation. For example, I cannot get from LG to Sunnyvale without a car. Sure, you can go by the so-called available public transportation, which would take you about 3 hours and several interchanges to get there, or you can take the car and do the trip in 20 minutes. Instead of spending billions on a train connection between San Francisco and LA, we should be spending the money on interconnecting all Silicon Valley towns and cities with fast public transportation. It is ironic that in a society where we uphold "freedom" and "competitive enterprise", we still allow ourselves to be ruled in a Marxist-fashion by the oil companies, and we like it / are proud of it, since we never experienced the alternative. Therein ties the issue of bicycles: our road infrastructure and design just does not adequately support non-motorized forms of transportation. It does not jive to simply state that bikes do not belong on the road with the cars. If that were the case, we can equally blame pedestrians, and wish their removal from the roads as well. The fact is: pedestrians were on the road before bikes and cars, and bikes were on the road before cars. Let's improve how we approach the issue of transportation in our society, and lay a decent infrastructure for our generation and those that will follow.
John Green November 02, 2012 at 07:24 PM
The above writer can wish all he wants for a different infrastructure but he won't see it in his lifetime. I haven't seen any pedestrians on the freeways or expressways - there are sidewalks for them. Until (or if) we as a society allocate funds to alter our infrastructure, it does no good to pretend it is something it isn't at the risk of killing bicyclists and imprisoning motorists. Just keep the bicycles off the streets that were built for cars and use all that physical energy in the political realm to start the process of change if indeed change is what we desire.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz November 02, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I do believe in sharing the road.
AR November 02, 2012 at 08:24 PM
i cycle approximately 100miles per week to/from work and i will say that many cyclists believe that they exist in some grey area between vehicle and pedestrian, allowing them to choose the benefits of either category at will. i see cyclists routinely and casually going through controlled intersections without stopping and without even giving a casual glance at surrounding traffic. this must stop. that said, i also experience drivers who are completely oblivious to the possibility of cyclists being on the road. my favorite: cars making right turns into driveways etc that do not check to see if a bike is DIRECTLY BESIDE THEM. we need to work at better solutions for integrating bikes into the road system.
AR November 02, 2012 at 08:31 PM
well, you *can* get to sunnyvale from LG on a bike, i do it thrice weekly (en route to mountain view). but your point of a car-centric infrastructure is valid. the bay area desperately needs to diversify transportation options...not just with bikes, but commuter rail. otherwise, residents of LG face the prospect of 1hr+ drive times to the peninsula. interesting fact: my commute time to work (LG->mtn view) is reliably and predictably faster on my bike, and i am by no means a speed demon. on hwy 9 i routinely zip by morning commuters. want to get there quicker? bike!
AR November 02, 2012 at 08:33 PM
that ship sailed long ago, cars are legally required to share the road. i can't imagine any govt reversing that.
kelsey November 02, 2012 at 08:39 PM
BOTH bicyclists and motorists should be more careful. It seems that drivers and bicyclists are always complaining about each others carelessness, but in reality, we all want our community to be safe. I find it incredibly disappointing that our small town that could be a bike friendly community (where bikers follow the rules of the road and drivers keep their eyes open and see the bikers) does little to promote safety for everybody on the road. I read that our appointed "bicycle coalition" is scheduled to meet only once a year and they happened to cancel last year's meeting. Hopefully we can all try to slow down and be aware of others on the road to help avoid future collisions.
Ben Richards November 02, 2012 at 09:00 PM
John Green, as you call your self...did you not read the article? The point is that motorists and bicyclists need to safely share the road out there - in Los Gatos and everywhere else where bikes and cars are permitted to share the roadways. Cyclists are expected to obey the traffic laws the same as cars or risk being in violation or at fault etc. Your over-generalized ranting comment, in which you refer to bicyclist as "jerks" and "sacred cows" is inhumane and offensive towards all bicyclists and my fellow citizens of Los Gatos who may or may not consider themselves bicyclists, but enjoy their right to ride their bike now and then around town or their neighborhood or are certainly not against others doing so. Obviously in your world, "sane society" as you put it, should exist with only two and a half ton motorized vehicles going around on the streets and taking priority, in the interest of safety of course. There are bad drivers and there are bad cyclists too that disobey traffic laws frequently and have unsafe driving/riding habits. Your comment implies not only that you have no perspective of what it's like to ride a bike around town comfortably and lawfully in conjunction with cars, but that you have no regard for anyone that does ride a bike in our town. Otherwise, why use the comment section pertaining to an article in which the two accidents sited involved the motorists clearly being at fault and the cyclists obeying the traffic laws according to LGPD.
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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