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Manteca Driver Charged in Fatal Car vs. Bike Crash

A Manteca woman has been charged in connection with a collision that killed a cyclist, according to an official announcement by the County of Contra Costa District Attorney’s office. The District Attorney’s office charged Ms. Alyssa Densmore, a 26-year-old driver from Manteca, with one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for a crash that killed a Danville bicycle rider last May. According to police, Ms. Densmore was driving North on Crow Canyon Road on May 5th when she collided with Mr.George Kaufer, a 55-year-old cyclist, who died from his injuries shortly after the crash. Although no further details about the…
-Posted On January 6, 2015 In Uncategorized-

Verizon’s Commits To Safety: Eliminating Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving. It’s everywhere. Spend a few minutes on the highway and you’ll pass any number of individuals talking on their phones, plugging in GPS directions, or even updating their facebook status. Distracted Driving is not only reckless, it can also be fatal. As cell phone use has been linked to many cases of distracted driving, Verizon is upping it’s commitment to safe driving, and taking “the lead in educating the public and supporting legislation and new technological solutions for driving responsibility.” Bravo Verizon! Let’s see what they’re doing to help the community. Verizon believes that we all have…
-Posted On September 23, 2014 In Bicycle Community-

Bicycling in the Wrong Direction (Salmoning) is not Safe Cycling

Salmon swim upstream and are symbolic for their tenacity and instinctual urge to fight against the current. Salmon must swim upstream in order to breed. Some bicyclists, on the other hand, are getting labeled “salmon” lately. And it’s not because they are breeding or following their instincts. Some cyclists are riding in bicycle paths, however they are riding in the opposite direction of traffic. Are upstream riding cyclists being lazy?Or are they trying to get attention? Does it still feel safer to ride in a bicycle lane, even though it’s on the wrong side of the street? I’m not sure…
-Posted On February 27, 2014 In Wrongful Death-

Teen Tweets About Speeding Before Killing a Bicyclist

Did tweeting about speeding on Twitter via mobile phone distract a teen from driving, and therefore cause him to lose control of his car and hit a bicyclist? If the capability to brag via the internet from a mobile device were not available, would this cyclist still be alive today? Is mobile phone usage while driving—texting, email, and social media updates—becoming a weapon against safety with U.S. citizens? I, like many other Americans, am a smartphone user. I am a busy attorney, husband and father, and with that comes the need to always stay connected. Accessing the internet via my…
-Posted On February 19, 2014 In Motorcycle Community-

Weekend Motorcycle Rides in Marin County

Every Saturday and Sunday morning while most residents of Marin are still sleeping, avid motorcyclists are already out on their weekend morning rides. If you live near Shoreline Highway, you can almost set your clock to the motorcycle engine echoes as they come by right on time. Of course, over the years I have let the squids take off earlier and have a half hour lead. If you want to ride with the post Sunday Morning Ride group, just swing by Starbucks in Tam Valley at around 8:00 a.m. If you want to be a part of the cherished mayhem…
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