Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On 405 Freeway In Westwood

WESTWOOD (CBS) — A deadly motorcycle crash on the 405 Freeway Friday backed up traffic for miles on the Westside.

The accident was reported at 6:14 p.m. on the northbound portion of the freeway just south of Sunset Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer Krystal Carter.

Sky2’s Stu Mundel reporting over the scene just after 11 p.m. said the backup had improved following the accident involving a motorcyclist and a big rig.

Carter said the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation.

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  1. Malcolm Rawlinson says:

    Those big rig drivers are insane, I drive that freeway everyday and I witness near bad collisiond everyday. They just force their way in because of their size.

  2. LACarDriver says:

    So… a very large slow-moving vehicle vs. a very fast small motorcycle. Something tells me the guy riding the bike didn’t know how to move through the traffic. I see it all the time he must’ve tried to negotiate the weaving in and out and underestimated the distance between the two moving objects. I don’t feel bad for him at all. I’ve had several run-ins with motorcyclists and they expect YOU to move out of their way. One guy even cut me off and dared me to hit him.

    1. Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot says:

      My thoughts exactly.

      1. wabby says:

        Roger that !!!

    2. weraracer says:

      What do you know about riding a motorcycle through traffic, you act like you do it everyday! Try it for a day and get back to me! Even when a bike is going with the flow of traffic they still are in danger of stupid drivers like you that know it all or not at all, you have had several run ins because you don’t pay attention, it’s common curtsey to move to move over. So once again you go ride a bike normal and tell me how may cars almost or do hit you.!!!!!

    3. Hal Bawden says:

      I don’t care what you guys say about Brad. He was an awesome guy. You don’t have to feel bad for him. The world just lost a great person and a fighter.

      1. kelly says:

        i’m sorry for your loss hal. i was on the freeway when it happened and i can’t stop thinking about it. ignore these idiots.

    4. Angelica Hernandez says:

      your stereotyping dummy!!!!

  3. m osullivan says:

    La car driver you are in California were lane splitting is legal the right of way goes to the bike, hope your in my city one day when I’m on duty and I catch you cutting off Motorcycles been a fun citation

    1. kma367 says:

      I sincerely doubt your ‘on duty’ of anything with that type of grammar.

      1. gymlock says:

        Uhhhhh… you, too, kma.

    2. Michael J. McDermott says:

      To: m o’sullivan. You, sir (that’s YOU m o’sullvan) are a moron!
      Any fool dumb enough to accept the idea the any lane on any roadway should be shared between two vehicles must be brainwashed or have an I.Q. of about 70.
      Or, just so you can understand it, an I.Q. on par with these wild and crazy stupid azz motorcycle riders.

      1. weraracer says:

        go back to youre 3rd world country, its been the law for many years, if you don’t like it get out, If you doin’t like motorcycle riders move to alaska!

      2. weraracer says:

        Michael J. McDermott – You used many names. But the Mexican in you always comes out. Mexi want to white so badly.

      3. Angelica Hernandez says:

        just because we ride a bike doesn’t mean were stupid…..Idiout

      4. Michael J. McDermott says:

        To: “weraracer;” I figure you’re about 10 or 11 years old, so that means there is a whole lot that you don’t understand yet.
        So, you’d better go ask your mommy and daddy about this one. Happy trick or treating!

    3. LA says:

      M osullivan – you are mistaken. Lane splitting may be legal for bikers but, unless the 4+ wheeled vehicle makes an illegal lane change or move, the biker has the responsibility to make sure that he/she is safe while lane splitting. Not the other way around. In otherwords, it’s not my responsibility while I’m driving my car to make sure you are safe when you lane split between me and the vehicle next to me while we are moving. If you hit my car while I’m driving straight, you are in the wrong.

      http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/answers.html

    4. Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot says:

      From the CHP web site, “Lane splitting by motorcycles is permissible but must be done in a safe and prudent manner”. This is another vague, stupid California law that should be removed or rewritten.

    5. DJ says:

      Lane splitting may be legal, but it does have limitations and needs to be used with common sense, otherwise we have someone who is “dead right,” as this poor guy probably was. M osullivan if you are a cop, you are a poor one with a pretty bad attitude. Nobody is perfect out there on the road, including reckless police operators of vehicles..

    6. reason says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHA so is that who the city hires now a days? They hire guys like m osullivan who can barely write a proper sentence? Jesus!

    7. Salar Arastoopar says:

      ^osullivan- jus another pig browsing and stalkin

  4. umadbro says:

    Hey – Osullivan. Sure the motorcyclist had the right of way – but now he’s dead.
    Also – go ahead an write your tickets – if that is your only function in life then you are a looser.

    1. Michael J. McDermott says:

      regarding “m osullivan”… Don’t forget; this is HIS city.

  5. Jim G. says:

    Let me guess, motorcycle was zooming dangerously close to other cars at ridiculous speed, at night, in dark, and expected everyone else to move out of his way. Hmmm, sounds like every motorcycle out there.

    1. Angelica Hernandez says:

      you are a moron who has a brain the size of a pea

  6. Mike says:

    When motorcycles go down, it’s not going to be good news for the rider, regardless of who’s at fault.

  7. biker chick 09 says:

    HAVE RESPECT FOR THE LIFE THAT WAS LOST, IF YOU DON’T FEEL BAD YOU HAVE NO HEART, IM NOT SAYING ALL BIKERS ARE IN THE RIGHT BUT WE DO HAVE A LICENSE THE WAY YOU DO, WE ALSO HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO SUCH AS YOU DO, CAN’T YOU SHARE THE ROAD WITH US TOO, AFTER ALL WERE BOUND TO GET HIT AND DIE AT A HIGHER GLANCE THAN YOU…….AMAZINGLY GROSE TOPIC,

  8. Art says:

    It’s just not about sharing the Road. What you Idiots don’t understand is Motorcycles are really hard to see and they will end up at somebody’s Blind Spot. If I was ignorant enough to think I have the right of way if I am on a motorcycle then I probably deserve what’s eventually going to Happen

  9. Joe Mama says:

    And the bad news? That’s right, there is none.

    So we have one less idiot motorcyclist, let’s move on.

    1. weraracer says:

      the bad news is that you were born, I hope its not too hot in hell when you get there

    2. Hal Bawden says:

      There is a great disturbance in the force today with the loss of someone I knew well. I’m not going to ask for your respect, Joe. And Brad would have not asked either.

    3. Susanna says:

      Your Mama must be so proud.

    4. Merci says:

      I really hope that others don’t think like you the day you get a phone call in the middle of the night with ahh… and THE BAD NEWS…. THAT”S RIGHT, THER IS NONE.
      Sometimes I am ashame of humanity, we are our worse enemies and it will get to the point where we are going to shred each other in pieces.
      I will miss you Brad and I wish Angela and the kids never get to read these comments full of animosity towards another human. Ignorance has taken over. Joe Mama you are more dead than Brad and I am sorry for your loss. And hold it, not all Mexicans are ignorants, some of us has MBA’s and comon sense..

      1. Hasmik says:

        First, let me start by saying I am so very sorry for the loss. It’s tragic and after reading all of these comments I realize that he truly was a great man. I work for USC’s news website and am actually writing a report on motorcycle accidents that occur on CA highways. I would love to talk to someone who knew Brad personally. I’m not looking to discuss the accident or his death, rather I want to talk about his life and what he was like as a person. With this report I want to show that the people who die in these crashes aren’t just statistics, they are actual people and should be remembered as that.

        Please let me know if you might be interested in taking a few minutes to discuss this great man’s life with me. I would love to be able to write his story. I can be reached via email at hasmik.kourinian@gmail.com and greatly appreciate any information you can provide.

  10. AbbeyRoad says:

    I can’t believe all the hate from these people!!! I hope you never have to endure what this poor motorcyclist loved ones are going through right now. So disappointed in todays lack of love and human respect! May God have mercy on the motorcyclist soul and all of you with hate in your heart!

  11. The Sad Reality says:

    This “dumb biker” is my beloved cousin who was trying to get home to his wife who is pregnant in order to help with his 4 other children. They have had a very rough life. It just became infinitely worse for his young family. I love him and will miss him dearly. Brad loved being home with his family. I’m sure if Brad were still with us that he would want to apologize for inconveniencing so many others. May the good Lord have kindness and mercy on all of us.

    1. THE REALITY says:

      yeah – you know what? some people stop riding when they have kids because they decide it is too dangerous and they want to minimize risks so they can BE FATHERS TO THEIR KIDS WHO DEPEND ON THEM – so (and doubtful your story is true) if your cousin really loved his children and pregnant wife – he would have been there for them and not been splitting lanes on a bike. what kind of man has a whole LITTER of children and then takes big risks for his safety – potentially making all those kids fatherless? How DEVOTED of a man is that?

      1. Another Friend says:

        Sad to see such unhappy people such as”The Reality” judging those they do not know. Who gave you the right? You have alot to learn unfortunately for you. Here’s the first lesson:The energy you put out comes back to you. ALWAYS. Unless you want bad energy your entire life you may want to revisit your attitude. You do not know what kind of father and husband he was. And you are wrong to be doubtful the “story” is true. (Another family friend of Brads here speaking) And to the “story” I can attest. I know the “LITTER” of children personally, each one. How dare you? Brad was an example human being, believe it OR not. He has been one of the most “DEVOTED” men to his family I have ever seen. No need for your approval on that one either. To Brads cousin, family, and friends it is horrible to feel like we must defend him on top of the pain of his death and the tragic shock of loss. We really don’t need to though. We know who he was. He wouldn’t want us to let remarks such as these bring us down. Best of luck to those who made hurtful and insensitive comments. I wish you happiness and compassion. May you recieve it in abundance and find peace in your life.

    2. THE REALITY says:

      …..oh, and so far your “good lord” has done great. 5 more fatherless kids (again, doubt your story is true though)

    3. Mz. T.T. says:

      I am sorry that ignorant comments such as the one made by “The Big Logic” has to be read by the family, friends and loved ones left behind trying to make sense of a loss and going through the mourning process. Comments like that really breaks my heart because I always say; the person that is gone isn’t the one left behind to read this it’s the Mothers, Father’s, Sisters, Children, Cousins, etc. Me being Motorcycle Rider it pains me to know that, there is so much hatred out there for Motorcyclist that ignorant people sit back and wait for an opportunity to be so cruel. I would hope that people have some respect and realize that a person cannot be judged solely based upon their choice of riding a Motorcycle. My Condolences go our to your family and may each of you, especially his wife and children find comfort through this difficult time.

    4. hal says:

      I grew up with Brad. I can tell you that the world just lost a real gem of a guy. I would have been proud to wait for hours in traffic for the likes of Brad any day.

    5. rocksandrills says:

      @ The Reality: Wow! What is your problem?! How hateful, unkind and insensitive can you be? You are the perfect example of someone who totally disconnects from society when he gets behind his keyboard. Would you in a million years say the things you’re saying to the motorcyclist’s family in person? I’m sorry, dude, but there’s a rock with your name on it and you need to crawl back under it.

    6. Chandler says:

      To “the reality”, you are obviously a very sad person. I hope you get the help you desperately need.

    7. Susanna says:

      I am so sorry for your loss, and sorry that you and your family have to read such insensitive and thoughtless remarks.

    8. kelly says:

      i am so very sorry for your loss. i can’t stop thinking about this, as i was on the freeway when it happened. i cried like a baby when we drove past his body. i kept thinking what if he is married. i am so saddened by this. i will keep you all in my thoughts. so, so sorry. ignore these idiots.

    9. Hasmik says:

      Let me start by saying I am so very sorry for the loss. It’s tragic and after reading all of these comments I realize that he truly was a great man. I work for USC’s news website and am actually writing a report on motorcycle accidents that occur on CA highways. I would love to talk to someone who knew Brad personally. I’m not looking to discuss the accident or his death, rather I want to talk about his life and what he was like as a person. With this report I want to show that the people who die in these crashes aren’t just statistics, they are actual people and should be remembered as that.

      Please let me know if you might be interested in taking a few minutes to discuss this great man’s life with me. I would love to be able to write his story. I can be reached via email at hasmik.kourinian@gmail.com and greatly appreciate any information you can provide.

  12. Jason D. says:

    Oh my God you people are just sick… From the reporters who are more concerned with the backup of traffic instead of the loss of life, to the self absorbed ignorant comments left by you idiots.

    Hey CBS Los Angeles: Somebody died for Christ’s sake. And what do you all care about? The damn traffic being backed up. What the Hell are you people thinking? You disgust me.

    Hey idiot posters: What is wrong with you people? Do you have not sympathy at all? What are you all thinking? Regardless of his actions, he was a human being, and now he’s gone. Natural Selection? Are you kidding me? One less idiot motorcyclist? Oh my God I’d love to run into one of you fools in the street.

    You people are sick and should truly be ashamed of yourselves.

    1. Michael J. McDermott says:

      Um, GEE, not to sound uncompassionate or anything but, I wonder if all this could have been avoided had the rider ridden his bike in a safe manner instead of being a “TOO COOL TO DRIVE SAFE” traffic weaver? In rush hour traffic on a freeway no less.
      GEE, I just wonder…….

      1. weraracer says:

        how do you know if he was safe or not, don’t assume, assumption is the mother of all f ups

      2. Michael J. McDermott says:

        To: “weraracer”, besides the fact that you spell like you have an I.Q. of about 70, here are two points:
        1.) If he was safe, he would be here today, wouldn’t he?
        2.) You assume I don’t like motorcycles. YOU’RE WRONG! I love them, and I used to go riding almost every day. I love TRAIL RIDING but I don’t trail ride on a crowded freeway during rush hour traffic. IT’S NOT SAFE.

        Anyway, please continue to drive anyway you wish. All you have to do is obey the law. So far, the California law says it’s OK to drive into big rigs.

      3. Charles R says:

        Michael, for someone who likes to speculate on people’s IQ’s, it appears that you do not have the mental faculties to appreciate that “ACCIDENTS HAPPEN.”

        Also, for the people that think they know everything, it’s safer for motorcycles to lane share than to sit in bumper to bumper and wait to get rear ended by someone in a car. This was substantiated by the Hurt Report almost 3 decades ago and is common knowledge for anyone who’s researched this subject.

        I know that doesn’t help to justify the morally bankrupt, insipid kneejerk reactions of people who are actually celebrating the death of a father and husband–but something tells me the morally bankrput, insipid, kneejerkers don’t care.

        Furthermore, if motorcycles were forced to occupy discrete lane space, it would make the traffic even worse. Lane sharing reduces traffic density and helps improve the flow of traffic. I know drivers are frustrated because they have to sit in traffic, but maybe they should thank the next motorcyclist they see for not making their awful commute worse, instead of hoping they die.

        Maybe you drivers should look into finding an alternate way to get to work. Bicycle, perhaps? Maybe you might understand the consequences of your behavior and your awful attitudes a little better. And lose some of that tub and the flat ass you get from sitting in traffic on the 405.

      4. Michael J. McDermott says:

        Hey uh, Chuck, or “Charles R”, You can wipe your azz with your “HURT REPORT”. It’s trash just like your response.
        Go take a walk and get some fresh air, air deemed fresh by your other “California colleagues”.
        P.S. Did I ever say I knew everything?

  13. David says:

    Please do not judge until the investigation is over. It cost me going to Santa Clarita for a Halloween party that a good friend was hosting. I was on the freeway for about 3 hours from LAX to sighly pass Wilhsire when I decided to turn back. If Brad was at fault then he deserve it and glad no one else was hurt but if it was an accident then I feel for the pain he went through and the pain the family will now have to endure for a long time.

  14. Phiilip says:

    I rode bikes for years. Never once wore a helmet, then lost interest in motorcycles after they passed the helmet law, and when traffic got crazy. A bike used to be the poor man’s second car, back in the day. I drive the 405 daily and lane splitters frighten me. Must be old age. There is still an old knucklehead and an Indian in my garage, but I haven’t ridden them in years. May this poor soul rest in peace..

  15. Tschanda Payne-Hargrove says:

    My heart goes out to the motorcyclist, his family, friends, and those involved in this tragic accident. God bless all who stopped and tried to help. For those of us who made it on to our various destinations, albeit later than planned, be thankful. Tomorrow is not promised.

  16. weraracer says:

    What does it matter if it is a crotch rocket, it was a ducati rider, they take their bikes seriously. Have some heart It is a 100 percent chance it wasn’t his fault. And he had a name too it was Brad!

    1. Angelica Hernandez says:

      r.i.p. brad

  17. L says:

    I can’t stop thinking about this.. I was driving SB on the 405 (and not moving either because of rubber necking) and it must have just happened. I saw the poor guy covered in a sheet and people standing in the middle of the freeway with their head in their hands.. It was a horrible sight. I am sorry for those who lost a loved one. It really does make me think about the safety of motorcycles on the freeway though. Lane splitting shouldn’t be legal. (It isn’t in other states).

    1. kelly says:

      we were also there on the 405 north and were stopped for an hour. we drove past his body covered in a sheet. i can’t stop thinking about him and his family. i was bawling like it was somebody i knew😦

  18. Angelica Hernandez says:

    thank you to those who do look out for us motorcyclist and for those who don’t i feel bad for your life!

  19. Angelica Hernandez says:

    motorcyclist haters you guys are a shame on the highway

    1. Reason says:

      and where is that getting you? What lives is that comment saving? I think those of you that want to live longer should think of a better solution. You arent going to change ANYTHING here with that attitude. There are 2 sides here and until you see why the other side thinks as they do – nothing is going to change – and we will all be here commenting on the next story.

      God humans are stupid.

  20. Vf6cruiser says:

    I have at least 600,000 miles on 35 + cycles, and conservatively 50,000 miles on the white line in CA. Cyclists only have one major problem…….larger vehicles that don’t see them or don’t care. The white line may look dangerous, but isn’t if ridden properly. IMO you are in more danger sitting at the end of a line of stopped cars on the freeway, where you can be crushed by the next texting fool in a Camry. At least moving through the cars you aren’t a sitting target. A couple of years ago we had three highly trained CHP bike cops killed in traffic. All three were stopped at lights in various cities.

    When you folks in your cars see me blowing your doors off with what looks like reckless speed, its only me building a clear area around my bike so you don’t suddenly absent mindedly swerve into me. I want a clear are in front of me to spot debris and semi truck tire remnants that are only a nuisance to you, but deadly to me. I have actually encountered a boxed up full size stove on the 91 freeway in the dark, sitting right in the middle lanes. As a final thought, I have superior maneuverability, I’m able to see much more than car drivers, and I actually feel safer on my bike……….YMMV.

    RIP to this biker………may God be with you………….

  21. Friend says:

    Brad Harris was and is a wonderful man. He taught the most amazing adult Sunday School lessons in his Latte Day Saint ward and was dearly loved by hundreds of people. He has 4 children with one on the way and was a brilliant amazing husband and father. This is so so very sad and tragic. All people on bikes need to so careful. To those who make disparaging comments should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves. How can people disregard the death of anyone by writing comments that dismiss and or criticize them. So heartless.

    Accidents happen and its tragic for everyone. Brad was the kind of person that all men should strive to be like. He always did the right thing in his life and was good to everyone in his life. He loved his wife as if they were just married yesterday. As a father he loved and spent every minute he could with his kids and sacrificed much to see them grow and to love God. Brad will be missed

    1. Hasmik says:

      First, let me start by saying I am so very sorry for the loss. It’s tragic and after reading all of these comments I realize that he truly was a great man. I work for USC’s news website and am actually writing a report on motorcycle accidents that occur on CA highways. I would love to talk to someone who knew Brad personally. I’m not looking to discuss the accident or his death, rather I want to talk about his life and what he was like as a person. With this report I want to show that the people who die in these crashes aren’t just statistics, they are actual people and should be remembered as that.

      Please let me know if you might be interested in taking a few minutes to discuss this great man’s life. I would love to be able to write his story. I can be reached via email at hasmik.kourinian@gmail.com and greatly appreciate any information you can provide.

  22. Friend says:

    Brad Harris was and is a wonderful man. He taught the most amazing adult Sunday School lessons in his Latte Day Saint ward and was dearly loved by hundreds of people. He has 4 children with one on the way and was a brilliant amazing husband and father. This is so so very sad and tragic. All people on bikes need to so careful.

    Accidents happen and its tragic for everyone. Brad was the kind of person that all men should strive to be like. He always did the right thing in his life and was good to everyone in his life. He loved his wife as if they were just married yesterday. As a father he loved and spent every minute he could with his kids and sacrificed much to see them grow and to love God. Brad will be missed

  23. Reason says:

    All you bikers on here bewildered at the animosity from the non bikers..
    Heres a thought – maybe the way you ride between cars on a freeway is angering car drivers. Do you care? I mean, do you ever CONSIDER just where all this hate and lack of compassion is coming from? Do you care?
    Heres a clue: many of us auto drivers REALLY DONT LIKE you speeding between the cars. We dont know you are there until its too late.
    Do I have compassion here – nope.
    I think if you are the father of 5 children you take a bit more mind than to ride a crotch rocket through the busiest freeway in the country. Sorry but I am thinking about the children here. Its not about hate for me – its about being what I consider to be an irresponsible parent. Sure its tragic someones loved one was lost – but I have a hard time having sympathy for someone I dont know who acts recklessly – that being my opinion of bikers on the highway lane splitting – and based on a different story that provided more details – thats what it sounds like was happening.
    And you have to choose – lane splitting is either inherently dangerous, or he was driving recklessly – take a pick.
    I see a lot of hate and anger up there and all you bikers gasping in disbelief – but none of you will consider that perhaps something you are doing is angering the auto drivers. I dont think you are going to see a change of heart any time soon – so perhaps a solution is something OTHER than just mouthing off here on this forum.

  24. Reason says:

    Truth is … very few people in CA (or anywhere else for that matter) know how to drive their vehicles. It takes a lot more skill to ride a motorcycle, than to sit in your car, drinking your coffee, while you talk on the phone and listen to your radio.

    Just watch for motorcyclists … use your mirrors, that’s what they are there for. And that 2 ft gap between the dashed white lines and your wheel tracks … that’s the motorcyclists’ lane, legally. If you cross into it and cut off a motorcyclist (who’s not traveling more than 15mph than the speed of traffic), you are at fault.

    Exercise caution people. You are in a 3,000 lb metal cage. You are far more likely to survive an accident than a motorcyclist.

    1. Chas G says:

      Thank you – that’s a reasonable response. And its true – riding requires 100% attention. Unfortunately (and I am guilty of this myself) sitting in traffic idling along at 5mph often leads to inattention. Its just about as boring as waiting in the dentists office to get your teeth drilled.

      Just paying a little more attention, especially during lane changes… can make all the difference.

      I ride because it save 1.5 hours of my life (ironically) every day and because I consume far less fuel and creates far less pollution than taking my car. It engages all of my senses and I arrive at work feeling energized and less stressed than had I driven my car.

  25. Irene says:

    reading all this makes me sad

  26. Reason says:

    to the person that posted under the same name I used “Reason” – you are missing the point. What the motorcycles do is inherently not compatible with what people in cars are doing. I go to change a lane and I see its clear by my mirrors – but I have no ability to see that in the slow time that I am changing the lane (if I do it carefully), if some bike is going to be speeding between cars and be upon me when I am in his way. And by the way, many states it is illegal – other countries too. And its going to be a VERY gray area who is at fault- esp if the biker is dead and cant defend himself. The law is very vague. i dont exactly hear of any arrest or charge in this case above against any driver.

    But you know, its simple. you guys go right ahead and keep doing what your doing whining like babies every time one of you go down – you arent solving the problem the way you are discussing it here- and its your lives that are more at risk – so ask me again why I should care? People do DUMB things that are inherently dangerous, how long should I go out of my way to care?

    Im pretty sure if you ask all the drivers here that have anger about bikes splitting lanes – every one will tell you how careful of a driver they are – so where does that leave you? Eventually on the pavement if you ask me.

    Thats the “truth”.

    How exactly are you going to change the fact in your mind that “very few people in CA know how to drive their vehicles”. In my mind, if thats simply the “truth” – then I would not take a chance and drive between them on the highway.

    But, thats just me. (the FIRST one that used the name “REASON”) here.

    1. Chas G says:

      Dear reason – I’m sorry you have lost the ability to care about others. Maybe you can reason your way back to humanity some day when a loved one dies due to a careless accident.

  27. Tye says:

    I rode my Ducati 848 (same bike as the 1098, just less power) on that same stretch of highway for 2 years straight. I never had any “close calls” from car’s, I never had any problem’s getting to my destination by quickly spilling lanes. The bike I rode was small, it was quiet and I was past drivers before they could see me in the mirror. There is a trick to riding safely in and around car’s and there is a level of trust you have to place in the “cages” (as we bikers call them) that they won’t make any quick, sudden moves. Now that I don’t ride on the street and I’m stuck commuting like the rest of the zombies in So Cal in a cage, I see how stupid the LA drivers are. The 405 is a REAL dangerous place to be driving, let alone riding.

    What I see on the highway amazes me. I’ve seen people getting distracted from actually driving and loosing complete control of their car and slamming into cars on either side of them at less then 5mph! Motorcycle riders can’t predict when that’s going to happen, so when it does happen and the bike is right there, its all over for the biker.

    Its a very simple event, I’ve talked with friends who have had it happen to them and it makes no sense. One of my friends was between two cars and one of the car’s just all of a sudden changed lanes, pinching him between the two car’s. We’re talking about speeds of less then 10mph and we’re talking two cars right next to each other, side by side with no gap!

    I’m not going to sit here and say ALL Los Angeles drivers are bad and cages are the problem, I’m also not going to say that Brad didn’t do something wrong. At the same time though people who don’t ride bikes haven’t got a clue at how much time and money they save by riding bikes. My commute use to cost me $120 a week and take 4 hours each day in a cage. When I was on a bike, the same commute cost me $40 bux a week and took roughly an hour each day. Also, people who ride bikes, LOVE to ride bikes, its that simple. Brad obviously LOVED bikes as he had a Ducati 1098 and thats a pretty serious bike to own. He wanted to save money and save time so he could spend more of both those with his family. His decision to ride was one out of LOVE for his family, not out of stupidity. People who don’t ride motorcycles, can’t even comprehend how much money and time they’d save.

    In summary, its very sad to see a valued member of our society, fellow motorcycle rider and a father of four pass away doing something he loved. I have lost many friends riding motorcycles (not on the streets), but they choose to ride motorcycles because of their love of riding. I’m sure Brad was a great guy and from one motorcycle family to another, I am saddened by your loss. RIP Brad.

  28. David Andrew Lane says:

    On February 3rd of this year, I was riding my custom, getting off on the Burbank Blvd., west exit off the 5 freeway. A car was behind me, by about 200 feet, as we were getting off and entering the offramp. By the time I had reached the top iof the offramp and straightening my bike out (travelling at approximately 25-30 mph coming out of the turn), the car had caught up to me, crossed the gore point into merging traffic, about got hit by another car, then turned back into me and pretty much t-boned me. He did all of this because he was in a hurry and upset that I was taking the loop at 20 mph – which is the speed limit of the loop. I could not have been any safer and had more of a right of way by law than I had that day. What this all comes down to is passenger vehicle driver’s ANGER with motorcyclists, and they feel that their anger at what SOME motorcyclists do that is wrong is justified for EVERY motorcyclist, and that being careless about the safety/life of another human being is now “okay” because ALL motorcyclists are just bad, careless, rude, ruthless gang members who should just be run over. I agree that those motorcyclist who go over 15 mph faster than other traffic, while splitting lanes, MUST slow down. But really, Mr./Mrs. Passenger Vehicle driver….is squeezing me between you and the car next to you, and even opening your door while I am splitting lanes necessary to make your point? You are willing to take my life because of that???

    And to those who say Brad should not have ridden a motorcycle because he had children….hmmm….should young fathers/mothers also not join the military and fight in a war (far more dagerous than motorcycle riding)….should they not engage in skydiving, downhill skiing, riding quads on the pismo dunes (yes, someone gets killed there just about EVERY holiday), driving a racecar (Dan Wheldon, 33 years old, husband and father to 3 young children – killed)???

    Perhaps we should all give up what we enjoy doing because we should fear for our safety from others who are either careless or jealous drivers (yes, I have had numerous passenger vehicle drivers admit to me that they are jealous, and get angry, that motorcyclists don’t sit in traffic like they have to), or both.

    Common courtesy on both sides…plain and simple. And in NO event should someone’s safety or LIFE on the road be disregarded because you are mad…that’s called “road rage”.

  29. MishMash says:

    For all of those spewing the hate towards the motorcyclist – I wish you too will experience a loss of life from an accident. Callous a-holes. Why dont you try to give motorcyclists a little more respect and courtesy. They are much braver than you to decide to ride a vehicle that does not offer the same metal latte-transporting creature comfort cocoon you decided to…so give them an f’en brake. So ignorant to suggest he had it coming. Cant tell you how many accidents ive seen where the ignorant car drivers just dont look. If it was always the motorcyclists fault and not the cars, then why are there car to car accidents at all? Because car drivers are morons too. Dont be so ignorant to suggest it was the rider’s fault. Why not just provide sypathy to the poor wife and children he leaves behind ? Yes, he had a wife and children.

  30. Chas G says:

    I ride the 405 daily, and I knew this rider and bike on my daily commute. Did not know him personally. Several articles I read recently about this accident are brazenly false and biased against riders in general, but I guess that’s the type of misinformation drivers like to read and which journalists like to write.

    Firstly, lane sharing is not only permitted in California, but it is perhaps the only safe way to navigate a bike through LA traffic. Being sandwiched between two cars in traffic is an accident waiting to happen – people simply do not pay attention or are too preoccupied with other things in their car such as texting and various electronic devices. To have someone merely bump a bike due to inattention can spell instant death for a rider. Having a safe passage albeit small between lanes offers riders their only safe escape route from cars. It also permits a rider to continue at a steady pace rather than constantly putting feet down and becoming exhausted from constantly operating clutch and brake levers at a walking pace.

    Secondly, the area that Brad died in was not restricted to lane changes. Look at the aerial shots of the accident site: it is an an area BEFORE the Sunset bridge underpass where lanes are marked with dashed lines. I know this because I also passed by the scene less than 20 minutes after the accident.

    I can not tell you how often (more than 1x / week) when even in areas with a carpool lane.. drivers simply ignore the double yellow and enter exit the carpool lane freely. Last week it was a driver right in front of me (with no passenger) that decided to nearly take my life. It happened again this morning.

    RIP, Brad… I wish your family and friends and yourself much peace, and I hope and pray that drivers will pay just a little more attention to motorcyclists as well as the road.

  31. Chas G says:

    It would be really nice is CBS ran a story on the difficulties/dangers of riding a motorcycle on LA freeways. I would be happy to supply footage from my commute.

  32. Chas G says:

    One final comment and then I’m out of this thread.

    It only takes one bad rider to tarnish the image of all riders. Truth be told, most riders pass thousands of cars standing still daily and go unnoticed. They are simply gone before they are noticed. But riders are a cross section of all commuters and yes, unfortunately there are some who act out in ways that are dangerous and irresponsible.

    Please don’t judge all riders from the actions of a few.

  33. kelly says:

    maybe we can leave all the motorcycle talk for a message board specific to that. these are all very insensitive comments – i can’t believe people can be so cold. a wife just lost her husband. children lost their father. you wouldn’t be saying this to her face. and you wouldn’t be saying this had you driven past his body covered with a sheet. where is the love??? there are dumb drivers everywhere. we don’t know if he was driving irresponsibly. but it doesn’t matter. people are hurting now. i am so very sorry to any of brad’s friends and family who are reading this.

  34. Mark says:

    First of all, condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

    Secondly, can’t we put a speed limit on lane splitting? I understand that in bumper to bumper traffic traveling at speeds 10 mph or less that a motorcyclist is in more danger of being rear ended (squashed) so they should be allowed to split lanes. I get it. I support that.

    However, even in stopped traffic I see motorcycles split lanes at 25-30 miles per hour. At that speed, they might be dead just hitting a car traveling at zero miles per hour! And that’s the on the slow end. I see motorcycles splitting lanes and passing me when I’M traveling at 60-70 miles per hour.

    So isn’t the best of both worlds to limit the speed limit of lane splitting to 10 mph, thus getting them out of harms way from a rear end in stop and go traffic, but limiting the potential harm done in case of an accidental collision?

    10 mph will still do harm, but perhaps limit the loss of life… ?

    Again, condolences to friends and family. That is most important. Maybe we can save other lives (even just one more life) by talking about it (and even arguing about it)

  35. jim says:

    I didn’t know Brad but judging by the comments left here by his loved ones and his friend he was a very nice guy. Having ridden the same stretch as he did, I can tell you that it’s safe and reliable to ride a motorcycle, and he, like I, take some pride in realizing we can conserve fuel and not pollute, and enjoy life just a little bit more. Brad had a great deal to lose obviously and I am sure he was exercising utmost care and caution. All of us should understand we will all at some point, venture onto the wrong place, at the worst time, and when that happens, there is absolutely nothing anybody can do about it. The nasty comments from so many drivers are saddening but these same people anonymously spewing online would be consoling and caring in person. I wish the very best for his family, rest in peace Brad.

  36. Andrew says:

    Ride In Peace Brad.

  37. Hasmik says:

    First, let me start by saying I am so very sorry for the loss. It’s tragic and after reading all of these comments I realize that he truly was a great man. I work for USC’s news website and am actually writing a report on motorcycle accidents that occur on CA highways. I would love to talk to someone who knew Brad personally. I’m not looking to discuss the accident or his death, rather I want to talk about his life and what he was like as a person. With this report I want to show that the people who die in these crashes aren’t just statistics, they are actual people and should be remembered as that.

    Please let me know if you might be interested in taking a few minutes to talk about this great man’s life with me. I would love to be able to write his story. I can be reached via email at hasmik.kourinian@gmail.com and greatly appreciate any information you can provide.

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