LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities say one man is in critical condition and eight others are being treated for injuries after an alleged drunk driver accelerated into a group of about 100 bicyclists near the Los Angeles-Culver City border early Thursday.

The crash in the 5900 block of West Jefferson Place and Rodeo Road was reported at 1:49 a.m., Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The bicyclists were taken to various area hospitals.

“All I just said was watch out. I saw everybody get dragged. Everybody got dragged like a bowling ball,” witness Alex Zamora said.

The group, called the “Koreatown Riders,” was riding together as part of a weekly late night bike ride that began in the Westlake District.

Christine Elizabeth Dahab. 27, was arrested and booked for driving under the influence, the LAPD said. She is being held on a $15,000 bail. Police said Dahab was driving a white Honda Civic at the time of the accident.

Witnesses said Dahab was driving around 60 mph when she plowed through the group.

Police said the cyclists were also partially to blame in the accident for partially blocking the road.

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Comments (57)
  1. Say What? says:

    Thank you!

    1. Ronda says:

      Lets Face The True Facts No MATTER WHERE THE BICYCYCLISTS WERE SHE WOULD OF HIT THEM, A DRUNK DRIVER HAS NO EXCUSE TO BE ON THE ROAD ………. I My Self was a Viictim of one in 1993 Who Had Previously Permanently injured 3 Other People Not To Mention Me. And He Was Double the Limit in my Accident. And by Looking At The Picture in Her Car It Looks Like She Was Ready To Party Some More… I was told by a C.H.P. Officer That Drunk Drivers Follow The Lights That They Can See, When I was Hit Head On So It Sounds The Same to Me. I Know one Of The Cycilict and she is only 16 and is in Pretty Bad Shape For Going For an Innocent Bike Ride With Her Friends, It is pretty Sad for Me to See innocent people blamed For 1 Persons wrong Judgement NOT To Call For A Ride Home !!!!! And How Many Lives Did It Affect ?????????? Would Everyone Please Think Of That Please ,and Prey For Everyone That Was Involved… That Is, Who is The Rider,Their Family,Friends Etc.

  2. Lance says:

    And your point is . . . ?

  3. RedDonnaAnn says:

    They started in Westlake Village. That’s about thirty-five miles. They probably started around midnight. A midnight ride: it’s an alternative to going out to a bar, getting drunk and killing a bunch of people with your car. Very little traffic on the roads, fresh air, something fun to do.

    Why do you have a beef with the cyclists and not the driver.

    1. anothercyclist says:

      Wilshire and Vermont does not equal Westlake Village . . . more like 15-20 miles.

      Also Midnight Ridazz rides rarely start at midnight, usually around 8 or 10.

      But I’m with you in that NOTHING the bikers were doing or have ever done justifies this! Anybody who says so lacks any shred empathy, or dare I say, human decency.

    2. Shiggity says:

      No, these idiots ride and block the streets like they own it. They’re are plenty of people on the road in California at 1 in the morning. I’m not saying she should run these guys over at all. What i am saying is that these bikers need to respect the laws of the road just like drivers have to. ! ore thing. These guys also drink and smoke weed while riding. Get a clue.

      1. rideordie says:

        im glad you all voiced youre concern but to tell you the truth get off the internet and ride a f@*#ing bike then you can talk.

      2. bigfire01 says:

        you are a dipshiit.

      3. Claude Balls says:

        The two bike dudes here are the iditos and before you jokers start I ride a bike, I just happen to think about the other people on the road unlike you selfish dweebs that gie us a bad name. Maybe you two ought to get off the internet and learn the rules of the road.

      4. delbarrio says:

        I was in the crash and due to it could not walk for over three months. I bike because I am a full time student at ucla and cannot buy a car right now. I do NOT smoke anything. I had work the next day as a intern at the LA film festival so I was not drunk. We were in the parking lane preparing to leave. She was drinking, texting, and driving. You should really know the facts before you make statements that lump people into false categories. I have a clue “shiggity” the question is…do you????

  4. Jeanne says:

    People who know that doing so at noon would be impossible, including my husband, my son and myself. The Midnight Ridazz (who were part of this ride) have been doing so for years now. This is the first I’ve heard of an accident of this type on any local ride. By the way, even if this were during the day, a drunk whose on the phone can still run you over. This was not the fault of the riders for being out at night. The Ridazz stress safety, and most riders have reflectors and lights (as required by law).

  5. Cruiser says:

    Her jail time is only going to be a couple of years. If she used a gun, it would be a lifetime sentence. Police on the other hand considers suspect using a car against them a use of a deadly weapon. Something is wrong here.

    1. surfbum says:

      What’s wrong here is your statement, which is riddled with inaccuracies. So, I shall have to school you.

      ADW is assault with a deadly weapon. It is an intentional act. If anyone purposely aims a vehicle at anyone and intentionally tries to run them down, that is ADW. It doesn’t matter if it’s a police officer or not.

      An accident is a collision where there was no intention of hitting a person or vehicle. For example, a young child darts into the street and a driver strikes the child. Not intentional, so it’s classified as an accident. On the other hand, if your ex steps into the street, you aim your vehicle at him/her, then accelerate and try to mow them down, then that’s not accidental now is it?

      Not intentional = accidental. Intentional = assault. See the difference?

      Some people will argue that a drunk driver knows they are risking hurting or killing others, so they say it shouldn’t be called an “accident.” But I’m not here to argue that point, just to educate you on the law.

      But you don’t have to believe me. Just call a police station and ask an officer. Or call a district attorney’s office and ask a DA.

      1. Duh! says:

        Two thumbs up surfbum.

        A voice of sanity in a sea of people with no common sense.

      2. rideordie says:

        police don’t know the law, they are not lawyers, they do not study the law, they don’t even have to pass the BAR…. and surf bum i hope you’re eleven years old because surfing is for kids. second DMV codes state that you are to be in control of your car at all times. please leave this convo to the adults.

        get back to school

      3. DL says:

        Really rideordie??? Are you serious??? Police don’t know the law and they don’t study the law…Hhmmmmm…So how do they enforce the law then? What did they study in the police academy? Because that’s what they do. How about keeping your comments consistent with the conversation thread….the cyclists that were hit. Keep your cop hate to yourself. I’m sure that ticket you got was your fault so stop blamming the cop that wrote it to you.

      4. Teufel Wolf says:

        She intentionally got drunk and intentionally drove her car in a reckless and criminally negligent manner so I would say it was an intentional assaul against the first random targets that crossed her path.
        An accident is when you are legally driving and you hit someone or thing.

  6. 420zombocalypse says:

    It was only a matter of time before this happened. Ever heard of a bike trail people? I’ve seen these large groups of cyclists blocking traffic and acting like they own the whole road. Get in the bike lane or on a bike trail you morons, that’s what they are for. only in LA do cyclists do this and frankly im suprised it wasnt roadrage from being stuck behind such a large group for miles.

    1. guest says:

      Your an idiot…..hopefully in the near future you will be run over….one less welfare check to be handed out…

    2. Duh! says:

      Only in LA?????
      You don’t get out much do you?

      Ever hear of bike messengers?
      There is a movie starring Kevin Bacon titled Quicksilver about bicycle messengers in San Francisco. They also have these bike messengers in New York.

    3. anothercyclist says:

      I’ll ignore the ‘only in LA’ but, cause that’s just simply ignorant . . .

      But seriously, bikes are allowed to be there and are even supposed to be ridden on the road.

      “Bikes are allowed use of full lane” – C.V.C. 21202

      So yes, it can be annoying to be stuck behind a group of bikes that are moving slower than you, but it’s also VERY arrogant to say that just because you can drive faster than a bike, you’re desire to go faster is more important than that of a group of 100 people. Remember that there is NO minimum speed on a city street, only restrictions about blocking traffic, and if there are more bikes than the cars they’re ‘blocking’, that hardly counts.

      1. DL says:

        Below is the actual law, cut and pasted from the vehicle code….I don’t see your quote anywhere in there. Your mention of no minimum speed on a city street is equally misinterpreted; the vehicle code states that vehicles must travel at speeds consistent with prevailing traffic conditions. Try driving 25-30mph on the freeway; you absolutely can be pulled over by law enforcement for driving too slowly.

        21202. (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:
        (1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

        (2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

        (3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

        (4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

        (b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.

  7. Regg says:

    Plenty of people go for midnight rides. In efforts to avoid LA traffic and they certainly didn’t plan on getting plowed by a DRUNK driver. Pretty ignorant comment Phil!

  8. Mike says:

    This group of riders is the fixie/single speed crowd that rides with the bicycle messenger daredevil mentality. They ride at night with no lights. I’ve been on a few rides with these groups. A lot of fun but dangerous as well.

    At 2AM, there’s just too many drivers on the road coming back from bars and clubs. Ride at your own risk.

    1. rideordie says:


      1. Claude Balls says:

        That you are

  9. Roger Wallace says:

    There are those who don’t realize that most bars close between 1 and 2 AM and being out in a bicycle at that time of the morning is a bad idea, and then there’s the rest of us who don’t want to take the risk of spending the rest of our lives in wheelchairs or worse. While of course the fault is with the driver, and she should be held fully accountable if she is found guilty of all charges brought against her, I can’t really see it as good idea to be out on bicycle on a major metropolitan thoroughfare at a time when the combination of poor lighting and poor judgement is at its peak.

  10. Duh! says:

    Phiilip – “So who rides bicycles in large groups…..at 2am?”

    Did you read the article????
    It says the Korea Town Riders right in the article.

    I’d call you an idiot, but the idiots might take offense to that.

    1. guest says:

      pot kettle black

  11. USCA RIDER says:

    Why does SNAP fitness operate 24 hours a day? I’m sure you’re on your couch piling on carbs watching HBO durring this hour of the day, but cyclists have just as much a right to be on the road as you drivers. DONT BE A HATER! I feel bad for these women who were just trying to get a decent ride in.

  12. Guest says:

    I know the area from hiking the trail that starts there. It is a blind corner just before the point that the bicyclists were STOPPED waiting in a group. News reports have said they some of the group was actually in the street and not in the bike path. That, coupled with a street light above them not working, probably contributed to this tragedy. The speed limit in the area is high enough to make it difficult to stop suddenly and you certainly don’t expect to see a bunch of people stopped in the road at 2am.

  13. puro pedo says:

    Very sad news!!!!! As I tell me daughters, nothing good happens on the streets between 1 am and 5 am.

    1. puro pedo says:

      my daughters, not me—sorry

  14. Vanessa-"Supports Midnight Ridazz" says:

    Wow! This is so sad, I hope the guys will be o.k. Who the hell drinks on a Wednesday?? Taking hump day to another level are we? Why is everyone hating on the riders? They have as much right to be on the road, especially at 2:00 a.m. when the streets are empty. Or would you rather have them be riding at 5:00 p.m. when your trying to get home? Note to the reporter: Why “PARTIALLY” blame the riders? “PARTIALLY” blocking the road, was there only one lane? I’m sure she wasn’t the only person driving on that road at the same time-Why was she the only one who ran over the bicyclists? Because she was the only one drunk, don’t “PARTIALLY” blame the guys who are just trying to be fit and have a natural fun. At least their not driving de=runk like she was. I hope they give her a long time in prison.

    1. Rick says:

      It has been reported that many of the riders had also been drinking and smoking marijuana. The California Vehicle Code dictates that those that ride bikes must adhere to the same rules of the road as those in vehicles.
      With that said, those on the bikes are equally at fault, perhaps that is one of the reasons many on the bikes failed to get out of the way. Slow reaction time due to drinking and/or smoking weed.

  15. Phiilip says:

    I merely asked who might be daring enough to ride a bike at 2am. I offered no editorial on the matter. I know I would not do such a thing because I don’t trust most of the distracted drivers on the road these days, regardless of the hour. Irrespective of CVC and letter of the law, this is a dangerous practice. I pray those injured recover quickly.

  16. Wx Foo Jamas says:

    Well that certinaly sounds like a crazy idea. Wow.

  17. Grace Dash says:

    CA DMV rules state that “a bicycle on a roadway during darkenss” should be quipped with a brake, front lamp visible 300 feet, rear red reflector visible 500 feet, a white or yellow reflector on each pedal/shoe visible 200 feet, and travel single file on a narrow street.” Hopefully, no one was under 18 at 1:49 am because that requires a helmet ( and might violate curfew laws .) These bicyclists violate traffic laws and are a nuisance. I am sorry that people were injured, but I’m sure they were a road hazard themselves.

    1. Frank says:

      Are you sure? You were there? Sounds like they weren’t even moving. If you count a group of stationary bikes as a hazard then maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to drive. I also just looked at the DMV website. Bikes must ride as far to the right as possible. Doesn’t say a single file line anywhere. Here is the actual link: http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21202.htm. So you know I’m not just making up stuff like you.

  18. adolfo says:

    Was the driver an illegal?

  19. KeithS says:

    Have to somewhat support 420zombocalypse based on two recent experiences I had. A couple of guys heading south in the northbound lane of a busy street late at night; same thing happened where, on a street with a divider, the cyclists were heading in the opposite direction. Granted, it was a Sunday morning and they probably “assumed” no traffic would be out but still it was wrong.
    Bottom line, no cyclists deserve what happened here but these “bike activists” never point out that this respect-bikes mentality needs to also include respect-the-law as well.

  20. CAB says:

    Bad things happen when a cyclist insists on the right of way against a 2000+ pound vehicle!!!

    Also, riding during peak “drunk driver” hours is just not using common sense.

    I wish a fast recovery for those injured in the tragedy.

    I think the sympathy factor would be much higher if this happened on a Sunday afternoon.

  21. geeM says:

    All of you who believe that you should be allowed to hit pedestrians or bicyclists with your vehicle, or drive drunk [or both]; please turn in your license.
    As to riding around late at night, with or without proper lighting, you are for sure subjecting yourself to more drunks on the road.

  22. Shiggity says:

    These LA riders need to take lessons from the riders in Orange County. For the most part the riders in Orange County follow the rules of the road just like the drivers do. Now i’ve been stuck behind groups of riders in LA. it’s just like day and night. These riders in LA have no respect for drivers and break just about every law a bike rider can. I’m definitely not excusing what this drunk bimbo did. I just want to point out to some of the riders that might be reading this comment section, that you guys need to show more respect for the laws of the roads. Taunting drivers while you have the right of way is childish. Grow up and ride with some sense. You make us fellow bike riders look like idiots. That’s why I ride in the OC.

  23. Frank says:

    On these rides almost everyone has lights and everyone rides on their side of the street. Some cyclist out there might taunt traffic and this is not something the group supports. Have any of you critics tried riding a bike around Los Angeles? Cars give you no room, speed by you with only inches in between, and honk. Then you wonder why some riders develop a bad attitude toward motorists. You can’t just stay on a bike path or lane. Most streets don’t have them so if you’re actually trying to get somewhere then that’s impossible. That’s why the law says bikes have a right to be in the street.

    You’re in a big air conditioned car, probably eating a big mac. God forbid you have to go a little slower. You’re all getting mad at some dude that is trying to get where he’s going and you want him to pedal faster, while you’re just sitting on your ass. Get over yourself. A car is not a big shiny pass that entitles you treat other people bad. Its the same hostility when another driver drives too slow or gets in your lane. Calm the eff down.

    Also, I’ve read that these riders stopped to let people catch up and regroup. So, if you think it was partly their fault then I hope next time you’re letting someone follow you in your car and they get stuck behind a light. You pull over to wait for them with your hazards on and if a car hits you, I hope the police say it was your fault for being in the way.

    1. cycleLA says:

      BS. They don’t all ride with lights, helmuts or anything else except a lot of spoiled brat attitude. And cyclists do NOT have a “right to be in the street,” they have a right to ride ON THE SIDE OF THE STREET. Why don’t you try reading the ordinance someday, twit, assuming you can read.

      Get over youself. These gangs on bikes break all the rules of the road and then want apologists like you to whine on their behalf. Nice whining.

  24. Concerned says:

    I personally know the driver of the car, and though I do not agree with anyone drinking and driving, she is a wonderful girl. Sweet as can be, a hard worker, a mother to a young girl, who she adores. She made one horrible mistake thet could potentially ruin her life. I hope that the bicyclists all recover from thier injuries. But I hope even more that she is given the chance to learn from her mistake. She has a good heart and I’m praying for her right now.

  25. Steve says:

    What really needs to be understood here is that the cyclists weren’t just standing around. they were ready to continue going on the route after regrouping when the car plowed into them. THAT is why they were in the street. three of my very close friends are in the hospital as well as two young girls in comas and a few more. this is so far from being our fault and anyone who thinks that is ridiculous. the people hit are responsible adults.

    one is a UCLA student and a LA film fest intern who now has to put her education on hold and who lost her internship because of this drunk driver’s actions. another works at a law firm and another goes to LACC for engineering. we are far from being drunk kids on bicycles.

  26. Steve says:

    The riders were where they had every right to be legally. Seriously? A group of DOZENS of cyclists, you have a driver so inebriated or distracted she can’t see a group THIS size and takes out ELEVEN of them?

    Yeah….great idea. Shift the blame from the drunkard committing the crime to the victims.

  27. Guest says:

    We have the exact same situation here in Fairfield County, CT – large groups of bike riders routinely block the roads, daring drivers to get past them. Look, no one here is condoning hitting the riders, nor drunk driving, but this kind of rider arrogance is going to end in fatalities a lot more often if riders don’t stop challenging cars.
    Bottom line, BOTH drivers and riders should stop being imbeciles.

  28. NowAGymRat says:

    “Police said the cyclists were also partially to blame in the accident for partially blocking the road.”
    And a drunk driver hit them – I suppose one could apply the same logic to a car that gets hit by a drunk – It was partially blocking the road.
    I’ve been riding bikes for 50 yrs -until last year when I was hit head-on by a rollerblader hit me head-on while to took a short cut home on the bike path near PDR.
    An LAPD officer nearby said that I was partially at fault because I was riding too fast. My GPS showed my speed at 12 miles an hour (backed up by witnesses – I was cooling down and – it was busy). Witnesses also said that the ‘blader was threatening other riders and pedestrians prior to hitting me. Two cracked ribs and a few other contusions wised-me-up. Los Angeles is not a bike city. I miss riding, my bike is still hanging in my garage but I will never ride it again in LA County. Part of the problem is that LAPD have a nasty attitude towards cyclists. There is no uniformity to the rules. Cyclist ride against traffic, with traffic on and off the sidewalks, etc. and I think it breeds contempt and confusion from the public and the police

  29. Hansel e says:

    Honestly I don’t even know why people run their mouth based on an article or a clip from the media. I bet none of you were there to witness it! And trust me its the worse thing one can witness!! And if it was your daughter, son, brother, mother or friend, you would want justice to serve her drunk ass right! Regardless if the bike ride had some fellow riders drinking a beer because they have a thursday off. The people that got injured were just out on Wednesday night riding their bikes enjoying the beautiful night sky instead of sitting at home eating hamburger and tweeting a bunch of bs!

  30. Mel Gibson says:

    The can only get her for DUI if some of those Bicycle Idiots were in the way. She can’t be found guilty of any other crime. If you ride a Bicycle in the Street you have to understand that there are many drivers out there who are very bad drivers drunk or Sober so don’t complain when you get run Over. It is your own fault

  31. huck says:

    Twice in the past couple of months, I have found myself surrounded by this group and mortified by they way they have no regard for traffic lights or laws. They, quite literally, mob the entire area while yelling, heckling, and weaving in, out, and around the cars on the road. I KNEW something like this would happen. The driver’s to blame, but so are the reckless riders.

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