Two Critically Injured in Motorcycle Crash

The crash between a motorcycle and car occurred at the intersection of Ruby Street, South Pacific Coast Highway and South Guadalupe Avenue.

Screenshot from YouTube video by user Katoosha2006.
Screenshot from YouTube video by user Katoosha2006.
Several people were hospitalized—two critically—in an early morning collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway in South Redondo Beach.

The accident occurred at 12:22 a.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of South Pacific Coast Highway. The motorcyclist and passenger received critical injuries and were taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. The third victim, the driver of an unspecified vehicle, was transported to an area hospital for precautionary reasons, said Sgt. Scott Weibel of the Redondo Beach Police Department.

Weibel was unable to provide an update on the conditions of the victims, or how the accident happened.

This story will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

—Senior Regional Editor Diana Swartz contributed to this article.
Katoosha January 02, 2014 at 12:42 AM
Video from scene of accident http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7B7Hj6on1U
Jill K January 02, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Witnesses say the accident happened when the motorcycle blew through a red light and swerved to avoid a vehicle that had entered the intersection and had begun making a left turn on the yellow light. The rider lost his left leg when his bike ricocheted off a vehicle that had been waiting to turn left, but had not started into the turn yet. The passenger on the motorcycle — the rider's daughter — suffered a compound fracture to her left femur. The unidentified person also transported to the hospital was the driver of the car that was hit by the motorcycle. She complained of head pain from the air bag deploying in her face from the impact, but was otherwise uninjured.
Henry Xavier January 02, 2014 at 12:18 PM
"Car and motorcycle collide in redondo beach jan 1 2014. U-TUBE Yes i live right there. Did not see it but was amazed with all the chalk marks and paint on that intersection. Still there. Unfortunatley for the young boy and girl who ran into the car at high speed wearing a T shirt, shorts and flip flops on a R-1 Yamaha have been doing this for at least 3 years. I can hear them late at night speeding by. While the police are at break at 7-11 on prospect and torrance blvd. If the cops could hang out more at C.V.S. maybe they could check for loud noise making high speed motorists. That may put a stop to some of this nonsense. peace!
Jill K January 02, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Our bedroom windows face that intersection so we hear the same thing all the time, Henry. That intersection is a nightmare. We heard this crash and didn't even wait to see what actually happened, just called 911 immediately, THEN went out to render aid. We could TELL it was horrifying just from the sound of it. My husband was second to the motorcycle rider and helped tourniquet and hold the man's bloody stump. I had the daughter's blood all over my bathroom floor from the socks of the woman who tended to her, whom we offered to come clean up at our house. That intersection needs a left turn arrow and I'm going to start fighting for one with my councilmember, Jeff Ginsburg. I did a rough aerial rendering of how the accident was described to the officer taking statements (next to whom I was standing as they told what happened): https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s261x260/1557595_739906742686587_148778705_n.jpg I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this, as it is only based on what I heard, not anything I witnessed first-hand.
Jill K January 02, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Sorry, didn't mean to post the thumbnail version. Here's a larger image: https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/q71/s720x720/1557595_739906742686587_148778705_n.jpg
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Thanks for the map and the comments, Jill! I'm going to include some of our readers' observations in an updated version of the story in a bit.
Jill K January 02, 2014 at 01:42 PM
You're welcome, Nicole. And thank you for updating the story. If you could find out the condition of the injured, we'd really, really appreciate it.
Jill K January 02, 2014 at 01:54 PM
I updated the aerial map to remove the cars from the Google map that weren't actually in the intersection at the time, and labeled the cars that were, and what they were doing according to witness statements. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillklausen/11713872403/lightbox/
Steven M. Sweat January 02, 2014 at 11:26 PM
Thanks for the information and clarification on this incident. Visibility of motorcyclists to other motorists is the number one factor in just about every motorcycle collision. The size disparity between motorcycles and passenger cars and the inability to properly calculate speeds and distances when one perceives smaller objects is a main human factor in these accidents. Unfortunately, the night time and early morning hours (especially this time of year) only add to this problem. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims!
Jill K January 03, 2014 at 03:06 PM
According to the mother of the girl, in a comment posted to the YouTube video, her daughter is in the ICU. No further word on her condition, unfortunately. The rider was LAPD. We suspected he was a LEO — he had his sidearm with him. SMH. I hope the girl pulls through. What a tragedy all around.
Jon Alcera January 03, 2014 at 03:29 PM
They are both ok. I was one of the guys who held the tourniquet on left leg of the 11 yo girl and I have my belt to the guy holding on to the thigh of the dad who's left leg was also severed. The dad is out of critical care now and is doing good. I have not met with them yet for i got the flu after being exposed to cold weather wearing only my shirt and shorts.
Jill K January 03, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Thank you for the update, Jon. You probably met my husband, then. He was the one carrying the red CERT backpack. His name is Thomas (not sure if anyone exchanged introductions). And thank you for caring for that little girl. I had thought she was an older teen. To learn that she's 11 makes it even worse. The family would do well to spend some time in trauma therapy when they're all out of the woods medically.
Jill K January 03, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Oh, and get well soon, Jon!
Jon Alcera January 03, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Thanks have learned that the dad is out of ICU and is doing well. He wanted to meet all of those involved and helped out. I know we were all there at that specific time for a good cause and to save their lives.
Jill K January 03, 2014 at 06:48 PM
That's such a relief to know. I've been worried sick for three days now. I'm told the daughter was taken into surgery this morning. I'm hoping it was to better set her leg and not anything more serious. Will you please contact me at my email address so we can find out how to talk with him? theklausens at gmail. Thanks again, Jon. Hope you're feeling better.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) January 04, 2014 at 11:43 AM
New story on the crash: http://redondobeach.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/police-tourniquet-may-have-saved-motorcyclists-life
Brent Busch January 09, 2014 at 09:29 AM
So why was a member of LAPD riding like an idiot with his daughter on the back?
Jill K January 09, 2014 at 10:27 AM
They closed off that intersection last night and spent a couple of hours measuring and taking pictures and notes. Then this happened just up the street on Gertruda ... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=744346575575937
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) January 09, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Holy cow, Jill! I'll call police and ask about the incident. May I use your photo (with credit, of course) as part of the story if I write one?
Jill K January 09, 2014 at 02:55 PM
The photo was taken by Kristin Wheeler. You can reach out to her here: https://www.facebook.com/kristin.v.wheeler


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