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Motorcyclist Injured After Hitting Car on Santa Monica Boulevard

The collision occurs when a passenger in Volkswagen opens door at stoplight, deputy says.

A rider on a Kawasaki motorcycle collided with a Volkswagen sedan Monday afternoon at the southwestern corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Heights Boulevard, and the rider was taken to a hospital with an injured finger.

The accident occurred around 3 p.m. while a passenger was alighting from the Volkswagen Beetle on Santa Monica Boulevard during a red-light stop, according to a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy on the scene.

The motorcyclist, who was riding eastbound on the same side of the street as the sedan, intended to make a right-hand turn onto Crescent Heights when his motorcycle collided with the Volkswagen's open passenger door, the deputy said.

Eastbound traffic along Santa Monica Boulevard was held up for more than an hour as the accident scene was cleared.

JESS Kalinowsky Registered Voter February 26, 2013 at 02:30 AM
So the car was stopped. Passenger was getting out. Passenger did not look to see if anyone was there. Plus the motorcyclist must have been in the curb part of the lane, planning on making a right turn, and apparently was not paying close enough attention. The motorcyclist had a injured finger. [A] getting into or out of a vehicle on a main street, probably not brilliant. But who knows if against the law. Motorcyclist not paying close enough attention and gets hurt. News of the day? LOL!!!
kab1200 February 26, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Paul, what the heck does your response have to do with the article. I cannot stand folks like you that take anything and make it political. It was an accident, and I can see how this could easily happen. I am not a fan of how motorcycles are allowed to circumvent traffic. Santa Monica Blvd is no more a death trap than any other busy street. Such drama!
George February 26, 2013 at 03:52 AM
I beg to differ with you Kab1200. Just recently two people were killed while crossing the street at Palm on Santa Monica Blvd. It's like a highway and there needs to be more lights like they have in Beverly Hills. People speed like it's a freeway on Santa Monica Blvd.
Rudolf Martin February 26, 2013 at 06:10 AM
i got this story as a "Breaking News" alert. really?
me February 26, 2013 at 06:13 AM
which finger was it?
Darrell February 26, 2013 at 02:55 PM
The problem with those cross-walks on Santa Monica is less the drivers and more the pedestrians. I don't see people driving all that fast, but I do often see walkers who are THERE all of a sudden who take no precaution AT ALL that a car is not as prepared to stop as quickly as they need to. I am amazed sometimes at the people who put themselves in unnecessary danger by the way they enter those cross-walks. There seems to be a lot of passive-agressiveness on the part of the pedestrian, especially when they take their sweet time about crossing, and glaring at a driver who might have had to stop more suddenly than the crosser thinks he should have. Of course, drivers must be aware at all times to prepare for the unexpected, but a driver reasonably expects that a pedestrian is going to present his intention to cross before he actually starts crossing.
George February 26, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I beg to differ with you Darrell. People should not drive faster the 15 RPM's on that stretch of Santa Monica Blvd. The street is narrow and shops, eateries, restaurants and pedestrians everywhere. More street signals are essential to avoid accidents. Beverly Hill has many street lights to help STOP the speed demons on the road.
Darrell February 26, 2013 at 06:12 PM
As I said, Paul, drivers have to be prepared for the unexpected. My point is that I see far too many pedestrians who appear to put the ENTIRE onus on the driver to care for the pedestrian's safety, and take little or no precaution to share that responsibility. A case in point; the lane next to me was stopped because of traffic, but my lane was wide open. But there suddenly appeared a guy who walked between the stopped cars and entered my lane without first making sure that lane was safe to enter. Obviously I stopped, but I was alarmed at how little care he gave to what could have happened. The driver in a case like this, if the worst happened, would be terribly victimized and traumatized as well. The cross-walker often needs to take on equal responsibility for his own safety and make sure each lane is safe to enter before he just walks out there. (Especially, DON'T TEXT and enter the cross-walk at the same time!)
brad February 26, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Well I'm assuming it was more breaking news as far as the traffic delays and concerns. But I think the passenger and driver for allowing the passenger to exit at a traffic light are at fault 100 percent. People drop me off and think I'm "anal" for insisting on pulling over into a space or side street but its for safety and being polite in case the light turns green. But always should look no matter what, I know this isn't a regular bike but if there is room to turn right then I would have too.

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