Major Injury Motorcycle Collision on WB Highway-4 at Willow Pass

September 21, 2013 19:29 pm · 37 comments


A motorcyclist was seriously injuried (but was conscious) during a crash on westbound highway-4 near Willow Pass Road on Saturday night.

The CHP says the man received major injuries, but was conscious when emergency crews arrived on scene.

It is unknown if any other vehicle was involved.

Thanks to Amy & Casey for the picture!

J. September 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

When I was going 65 on the San Mateo Bridge at rush hour their were lane-sharing motorcycles going 70+

I hope this guy is OK, and that he wasn’t recklessly lane-sharing.

Lost and Happy September 21, 2013 at 8:27 PM

When I was driving today I saw people using thier cell phones..I hope the rider wasn’t texting!! J. Please read your post a few times and think about what you wrote.

WOW September 21, 2013 at 8:33 PM

I drove past this tonight, the bike ended up pretty far from where paramedics were tending to the rider.

Laurels September 21, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Are there any updates on this

12gauge September 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

J- your an idiot. rush hour? saturday? san mateo? this is claycord
lost and happy- texting while riding? on the f***ing freeway? really?

It’s wet out there, not rush hour, no traffic going west bound on hwy 4, and he dang sure wasn’t texting. he lost control. this is why I don’t ride when it’s wet. you got dumb drivers and bad riding/ driving conditions.

me September 21, 2013 at 9:13 PM

lost and happy
texting on a Motorcycle, Really

Angelica September 21, 2013 at 9:36 PM

At least he was conscious. I hope he’s alright.

He’s lucky he’s alive.

DMZ September 21, 2013 at 9:44 PM


gawkers September 21, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Not sure why photo’s of people’s misfortune are necessary. sad face

Lost and Happy September 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

@me and 12 Gauge… It was a rib at j. I have been a rider for 15 years

Anon September 21, 2013 at 11:32 PM

With all the new cell phones or smart phones coming out witch one are you claycord people are going to upgrade to? I leaning toward the Samsung note 3 ?

Lost and Happy September 22, 2013 at 12:18 AM
12gauge September 22, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Internet sarcasm!! I feel you lost and happy. what do you ride

rgb September 22, 2013 at 1:44 AM

We are all praying he is OK

nono nasty September 22, 2013 at 3:37 AM

ohhh nasty–I hope he’s srill alive after that nasty stuff

ANON September 22, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Someone tel me if the rider whose bad guy was shot by the CHP was lane splitting.

ANON September 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM

I have yet to see a lane splitter do it legally & 70 MPH is normal- I have been driving professionally & they have a death wish & when they almost hit you & you honk–you get flipped off & mad dog look as they want to kill you as THEY own the road & you are scum

Smokey September 22, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Lost and Happy – I immediately understood your point. Looks like some others didn’t.

BTW, I once saw a guy do a wheelie on a freeway in Southern California. I hope this guy is okay and wasn’t recklessly doing a wheelie.

Jerk September 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

#18, yeah the driver of the honda accord was textng when cyclist called him on it – if he had been lane splitting the accord would have Never caught up to him.

Lrider September 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Anon, a little jealous of those riders splitting lanes and getting home before you? “Never” see anyone doing it legal? Must not “ever” watch for riders. I’v been ridin over 5 years and have seen the drivers that get “filped off and mad doged” they always deserve it. Move over, share the road, watch for riders, ant everyone goes home alive.

12gauge September 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

sometimes I feel like lane splitting at 70 mph is safer then when traffic is at a complete stop. I’ll usually split going about 5-10 mph faster then traffic and in semi loose traffic it works well for everyone. when traffic is stopped we have to on our A game because sooner or later someone will try to change lanes in a half second and we have to be ready for that. and most riders should understand that thats the risk WE take when lane splitting. mostly why I got a go pro on my helmet all the time now. and for the people who hate lane splitters, there’s not much I love more about riding than when people move over to the side of their lane and I almost always throw them a thank you wave. so instead of squeezing in tight to your lane so we can’t pass, thus, flipping you off and mad dogging you, just move over a little. we appreciate it more then you think.

Lost and Happy September 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

@12gauge.. I really wish the internet had sarcasm font!!

+1 on the splitting

the other jj September 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

LUG NUTS to all you lane splitter haters!!

@BikerChick September 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Good idea. I like thr double down.

Lucy September 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I ALWAYS move over for bikers. I watch my left mirror constantly and when I see you coming I move over to the right of my lane. But I do have one suggestion, be sure to give motorist a little “varoom varoom” as you are passing so they at least hear you coming. I have seen cars start to change lanes as a bike is about to pass them. not everyone pays attention. Be careful

Stella September 22, 2013 at 9:45 PM

I’m so glad this man is recovering-Bikes watch for cars out there; they aren’t always looking. This could have been avoidable. Ride safe.

ANON September 23, 2013 at 7:10 AM

“but there’s lotsa of bikes behaving badly out there too. Just the other day I saw a guy KICK a pickup being driven by an older man as he went by. The older man didn’t have time to move over and this cat was upset because he had to slow down. ”

This is the the type of M/C scum we hate-see it all the time
you take your chances driving illegally-if you die–few will care

Mac September 23, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Just like car/truck drivers, motorcycle riders come in all different types.
Some know what they are doing, and use the roads correctly.
Others jump on a motorcycle, not really knowing anything but how to go fast.
And they treat others with disrespect.

But there are a great number of people running in cars and trucks that also disrespect anyone who rides a motorcycle.
And put them all into the same group. (thinking they all are the same)

But i want all of you to know.
The roads were not made for you only.
Like all other things in life.
You “must” share them with others.
Roads are for cars, trucks (big & small) and motorcycles.
If you feel you own the road more then any of of these groups.

So stop picking on us motorcycle riders.
We are all not the same. (just like you car drivers are not the same)
And a lot of us have been on the road for many years, and will continue.

The roads are to be shared by all.
And just because you don`t know how to ride, or are scared of motorcycles.
Don`t take it out on us people who ride daily, and do so legally.

Because your knowledge on and about motorcycles is very limited.

And just because you see one jerk rider.
Does not mean the next rider is a jerk too

I hope this guy heals 100% and is back on a bike before long.
We have all gone down before. (if you have ridden a bike very long)
But we all get back up and get back on those bikes. (it`s just in us)

Rollo Tomasi September 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I have a question I’d like to pose to all those riders out there. Please, instead of the usual snarky, trite responses, take a moment and really think about your response.

I rode bikes for years, right up until my first child was born. I never split lanes because I never felt the need to travel faster than the general flow of traffic. My bikes were water-cooled, so the excuse that my motor would overheat never applied. So when you feel like responding that I don’t understand or that I can’t relate to riders, you’re wrong.

Suppose I’m in my vehicle behind you, and you’re travelling at a slower speed than I would like to travel. When I edge my car up next to you, expecting you to move over to the side of the lane and make room for me to “lane share”, what is your reaction going to be?

Mac September 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Been riding on these roads for 39 years, Rollo
Have never had this happen to me once.

And i don`t split lanes either.

busted knuckle September 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Rollo if you were to try that most motorcyclists would assume that you are not paying attention and are trying to kill them. Not to mention law enforcement would probably ticket you for driving on the shoulder. Even though a motorcycle is only 30 to 40 inches wide they are entitled to the whole width of the lane. I have been run off on to the shoulder from drivers in a hurry that see what looks like a hole in traffic that turned out to have me in that hole. Even had a driver try to share the lane at a red light. He ran over part of my foot. I limped for a week but he ended up with a large dent in the fender of his German sports car. He was not paying attention. For all the motorcyclists use some sense when lane splitting and for the car drivers thanks for giving us a break.

Rollo Tomasi September 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Of course it hasn’t happened. I asked you what would be your reaction.

Not surprisingly, you both miss the point of the question. Motorcycle riders seem to believe that drivers of vehicles should simply share a lane with them, yet if a vehicle wants to share a lane with you, they’re obnoxious and dangerous drivers, right?

Mac September 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Maybe you missed my point….
I don`t split lanes

Yes, there are a number of riders that are disrespectful of others.
But that is the case of both Cars & Motorcycles.

Don`t act like Cars are always right.
And motorcycles are always wrong.

I`ve had too many people come into my lane, and almost push me off the road.
And all they say is “I`m sorry, i didn`t see you”

Just because a motorcycle splits lanes and drives fast by you.
Don`t think the next motorcycle you see is just like him. (that is plain wrong)

I agree, i see a lot of people on motorcycles that act the fool.
But you saying all guys on motorcycles do certain things is just as much of a joke as they are.
And it shows your lack of knowledge on this subject

Rollo Tomasi September 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM


Unless you interpreted my comment “Motorcycle riders seem to believe that drivers of vehicles should simply share a lane with them” to mean I hold that opinion of all riders, would you please show me in either of my comments where I said ALL riders do certain things?

I guess my request that you use your imagination to envision a scenario where a driver of a vehicle feels entitled to lane share with a motorcycle, and what the rider’s reaction might be, is just too much to noodle out.

By the way, I rode from age 16 to age 40 with zero citations and zero accidents, so my knowledge of the subject is quite intact, thank you.

Rolo Tomasi September 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

@Rollo Tomasi- If you ask a snarky question you get a snarky answer. I have had cars try to do this to me on a bike. They get a polite re-education. I hope the readers understand you are using a name I have used before you, and I do not share your Eddie Haskell-like temperment.

Mitch September 23, 2013 at 9:02 PM

@ Rolo Tomasi-44

If someone uses the same name you use, so what! Is it any different that having more than one Bob, Steve, Mike, Sue, etc. on Claycord?

Have you ever seen anyone with those names get upset when another person with that name posts a comment under the same name?


Rollo Tomasi September 23, 2013 at 9:37 PM


Why don’t you tell me the answer then? Why is it OK for a motorcycle rider to wedge himself into the lane I’m already in, but it’s not OK for me to do the same to a motorcycle rider who is travelling slower than I want to? You told me what your reaction is, but you can’t seem to tell me why. Why does the lane belong only to the motorcycle rider, but the vehicle is expected to share?

By the way, if the Mayor cared enough, he could go back and tell you how long I’ve used the name. But he, like me, doesn’t care enough.

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