Archive | November, 2004

Motorcycles Are Fun, But Deadly…

Posted on 12 November 2004 by Monica Zech

Motorcycle professionals use the phrase “dress for the crash”…yes, as a safety researcher, we’re seeing a darmatic increase in motorcycle crashes – injuries and fatalities!

Sorry, but as a safety educator, especially in transportation…from my research and “on scene” observation, “motorcycles” are one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. In fact, they’re usually the messiest to clear and investigate. What doesn’t help, are the poor excuse for a helmet “skull caps-beannie cap” type helmets! Wear a full helmet! But then again, that only protects the head to a point – but not the torso of the body….especially when striking an object at a high rate of speed.


From San Diego Police:
Date: December 16, 2004 – 9:14am



P-2 was a 56-year-old male driving a 2001 Harley Davison Electra Glide Classic motorcycle eastbound on C Street. P-1 was a 19-year-old female driving a 1999 Nissan Sentra southbound on 17th Street. P-1 stopped at the stop sign but then proceeded into the intersection into the path of P-2 who struck her broadside. P-2 was wearing a “half shell,” helmet that did not fully cover his head. He suffered a skull fracture and has a brain injury. He was transported to UCSD Hospital for treatment. P-1 did not have any injuries. Traffic Division is handling the investigation.


Date: November 12, 2004

From the California Highway Patrol El Cajon Office:
On November 12, 2004 at approximately 12:50 PM Mr. Jeffery Abbey (51, San Diego) was traveling e/b on SR-78 on a 1999 Suzuki SV650 at approximately 40-45 m.p.h. Mr. Abbey entered into a right curve that was posted with a suggested speed of 30 m.p.h. Mr. Abbey was unable to negotiate the curve and crossed over the solid double yellow line. Mr. Wayne Jones (65, Ramona) was traveling w/b on SR-78 in a 1998 Chrysler Town and Country van at approximately 40 m.p.h. Mr. Jones observed the motorcycle cross over the double yellow lines directly in front of him. He swerved to the right. However, he was unable to avoid colliding with the motorcycle. The force of the collision fully ejected Mr. Abbey from the motorcycle where he collided with the windshield and A-Pillar of the van.

Mr. Abbey was wearing a leather jacket and a full-faced helmet. However, he sustained major trauma to his head, face, neck, and chest. Mr. Abbey was transported by air ambulance to Palomar Hospital in Escondido where he is in critical condition. Mr. Jones as well as his three female passengers were uninjured. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.


Date: Sunday, May 2, 2004:

Names Released Of Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victims

(Ramona) – Authorities Monday released the names of two people killed in motorcycle crashes over the weekend. A man who died in a motorcycle crash on a remote road in Ramona was identified as Stan Hutchinson of San Diego. Hutchinson crashed on state Route 78 near Ramona Trails Drive at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. He was not wearing a helmet.

(Pauma Valley) – 53-year-old Patricia Diane Skiver of Oceanside died when she failed to negotiate a curve and slammed into a guardrail on Cole Grade Road at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday. She died at the scene of the crash.

On Saturday, May 1, 2004:

(Fallbrook) – Two people who died Saturday when their motorcycle went out of control on Mission Road have been identified as David and Susanita Ward of Oceanside.

The motorcycle slid across the road and into a pickup truck about 7:10 p.m., the Medical Examiner’s Office said.


Date: March 27, 2004

Location: 66TH @ MADERA – ENCANTO


Synopsis: 30 yr old David Smith was riding a motorcycle on 66th St at a speed too great for conditions. He hit some sand and lost control. He struck the curb then a utility pole. He sustained fractures to both legs. He was transported to a local hospital. Traffic is investigating.

-0- Date: December 30, 2004


Synopsis: P-2, a W/M 24, riding on a Yamaha motorcycle was W/B on Executive Drive in the number one lane. P-1, a W/F 23, driving a Honda Civic was going E/B when she decided to make a U-turn. As she turned she collided with P-2 in the number one W/B lane. P-1 suffered a compound fracture to his right femur and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

I highly recommended to take a professional motorcycle riding course, and when riding “be alert and be prepared”!

Just the facts….

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The Tie Between Fires & Alcohol Use

Posted on 02 November 2004 by Ron Cook

February 21, 2004

Report links alcohol abuse and fatalities from house fires

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a special report citing a significant link between alcohol abuse and residential fire deaths and between alcohol and the risk of unintentional injury, including car accidents, falls, drowning, homicide and suicide.

“This important issue of our Topical Fire Research Series underscores an often overlooked connection between alcohol abuse and fire injuries and death,” said Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “We hope this report helps educate fire officials and the public about this problem so that campaigns that have been so successful in warning about drinking and driving can bring similar attention to drinking and fires.”

According to the report, “Establishing a Relationship Between Alcohol and Casualties of Fire,” developed by the National Fire Data Center, part of FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration, up to 40 percent of residential fire death victims are alcohol impaired. In addition, nearly half of adult emergency room patients treated for trauma are alcohol impaired, and burn victims with high blood alcohol levels are more likely to die from their injuries than victims with no alcohol impairment.

“This report also makes an important note that smoking combined with alcohol abuse exacerbates the risk of fires, fire injuries and fire deaths,” said U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison. “Smoking and drinking is a particularly dangerous combination since smoking materials offer a ready-made fire threat and alcohol consumption decreases one’s chances of detecting and escaping a fire.”

Two related case studies are also being released, further exploring the connection between alcohol abuse and fire deaths. One case study reviewed fire data for Minnesota, which collects alcohol use data as part of its ongoing injury surveillance system. In Minnesota, from 1996 to 2002, 36 percent of the state’s fire fatalities had alcohol levels of 0.1 or higher. The second case study looked at data collected by the Ontario, Canada, fire marshal. According to that case study, 19 percent of fire fatalities from 1995 to 2001 were alcohol impaired.

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