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Coroner's Office identifies motorcyclist killed in Highway 84 crash

Original post made on Apr 29, 2019

A motorcyclist killed in a crash on Highway 84 on Sunday, April 28, has been identified as 26-year-old Matthew Wong of Campbell, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 29, 2019, 10:00 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Christine Dowd
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:17 pm

So very sad. This happens way too much in our area. Every weekend we hear of similar incidents involving motorcycles. Maybe there should be sign posts put up reminding these riders of the dangers of speeding. I had two motorcycles tailing me on Sand Hill on Saturday afternoon. I was going the speed limit, but they were determined to overtake me on the two lane road. One of them did and nearly collided with oncoming car in other lane. It could have been a disaster. I'm not sure about this particular rider, but every weekend we hear the sirens go off.
Our prayers are with this young man and his family. Motorcyclists, please, please be careful out there and don't speed.

Posted by Awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Apr 29, 2019 at 1:38 pm

You can put up all the signs you want but it won’t stop young and inexperienced drivers from killing themselves.

Posted by It's bedlam up there on weekends
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

No visible signs of law enforcement and the deaths pile up each and every year.
We'll have more before the rains come back...more preventable deaths will go not be prevented. It could change if the police did a prolonged multi-agency enforcement effort, but pshhh, that'd just end up saving lives.

Posted by car guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 29, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Preventable by whom? People make decisions and there are implications to those decisions. Make bad decisions and the implications might be bad. Make good ones and implications might be better. Neither we nor the police can prevent bad decisions from being made. There are speed limit signs that warn against speeding. Can't have cops everywhere. Personal responsibility has to kick in somewhere. This is a sad story, but not our or the cops fault.

Posted by Eddy
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 29, 2019 at 3:19 pm

When I was a young man, we used to ride Skyline up to Alice’s Restaurant. We would enjoy the motorcycles at the local watering hole, but getting there proved to be more trouble than it was worth. Bicyclists riding five wide so they can talk to each other, even through blind corners, the random sports car that would over cook or otherwise misjudge the corners and come into our lane, the Sunday drivers who were content driving below the speed limit and would refuse to yield, and the locals that would actually pour oil in the corners and put out the empty bottle as a warning. Yes it’s dangerous, it has been for as long as I can remember, but that is what draws some of the people.

Posted by awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Apr 29, 2019 at 3:27 pm

“Car Guy”. — it is silly to pretend this is strictly an issue of personal responsibility and that third parties like the police have no influence. Other people are affected by the bad driving up here (where I live) even in the case of a solo bike accident. A state highway was closed for several hours and multiple fire and police vehicles and their occupants tied up in the aftermath. We who live in this area are paying for this not only with our tax dollars but also the risks to our lives since we travel these roads daily, not to mention the incessant noise. Many times these accidents kill or injure people not otherwise involved. As “it’s bedlam” points out, there is essentially zero traffic enforcement up here, and to claim that correcting that would not reduce the behavior is naive, dishonest or both. But of course, if you live in Sharon Heights you might be forgiven for not knowing there is huge problem and ZERO enforcement. Perhaps check it out yourself before lecturing us on personal responsibility. then at least you won’t be ignorant.

from a “car and sport-bike guy”

Posted by thrill-seekers, taxpayers
a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Apr 29, 2019 at 3:34 pm

Was this the event on skyline that used a life-flight helicopter Sunday morning, or was it a different crash?

Who pays for all that response?

Posted by Car guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 29, 2019 at 11:41 pm

So, awatkins, I guess you can be forgiven, given that you’re likely a rich, entitled Woodside, who thinks that throwing money at a problem can solve it. I’ve been up on Skyline hundreds of times and seen cops maybe a quarter of the time. What do you propose? How many cops should be up there? Spaced how far apart? How often? You are NOT going to catch nor stop all speeders, and reckless people will still end up killing themselves and, unfortunately, sometimes others. Yes, more cops on patrol will help, but, in the end, taking personal responsibility for actions is the only way to solve this problem. All else is a band-aid. Until people own up to their actions and act responsibly, we will have these issues, cops or not.

Posted by awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on May 1, 2019 at 9:20 am

Seeing police presence a quarter of the time on Skyline is a straight-out lie or hallucination on your part.

I’m simply proposing a level of enforcement equivalent to what is done for the rest of the county.

Your position, apparently, is that if we can’t entirely eliminate bad driving, don’t enforce at all, and wait for everyone to achieve “personal responsibility”. So, what is going to cause that to happen?

Posted by irvin
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2019 at 10:16 pm

This is incredibly sad. He was just out enjoying a hobby, that many of us in our younger ... and older years partake in. When i had my motorcycle that stretch of road was literally my favorite to ride on.

Every last detail of the story, could have been me 50x over. Sunday morning , 11:41 am. Highway 84 west of Skyline.

My mind keeps flashing back to the time I was at one particular curvy stretch, the sun was high over head, but the tree canopy was thick, creating a very beautiful contrast of shadow and sun dappled ground through the leaves. It was so peaceful, so beautiful... then my front wheel slid ... on gravel, or oil i dont know what. It was gonna be a highside, i thought, but I recovered, and continued to ride that road... over and over for years more.

We must realize how incredibly lucky we are to make it as far as we do. And be grateful for every day we do get.

Posted by La Hondan
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2019 at 10:49 am

Very sad, and my thoughts go out to this young person's family and friends. That said, I agree with other people who actually live out here, that enforcement is sparse and greater visibility would be helpful in reducing accidents.

The other thing that can help is for EVERYONE who drives, rides or bikes out here to do their part in creating a safer environment for visitors to our beautiful area, and for local residents. Do NOT pass EVER over the double-yellow. Just...don't. And ALWAYS use the turn-outs if there is traffic behind you. For every unsafe driver that I see driving too fast and passing over the double-yellow, I see two unsafe drivers who plug along under the speed limit and steadfastly refuse to use any turn outs. I was behind one yesterday who was going consistently 5-10 mph under the speed limit and passed turnout after turnout, including the few that are nice, paved, flat and even with signage.

The huge mix of speeds on these roads, from bicyclists laboring uphill at 5 mph or less to racers trying to get a Darwin Award, is what kills out here. Please drive with courtesy to everyone else who needs to use these roads, whether you live here or are her for recreation.

Thank you.

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