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Motorcyclist dies in collision that closes all southbound lanes on Highway 101 in Menlo Park

Original post made on Dec 28, 2021

A motorcyclist died after striking a disabled vehicle on U.S. Highway 101 near Willow Road in Menlo Park early Tuesday morning, Dec. 28, resulting in the closure of all southbound lanes for over two hours.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 9:38 AM

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Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 28, 2021 at 12:50 pm

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The driver of the car should be charged with a major driving &/or criminal violation. No one should ever have a driver's license if they do not have the good sense to have their lights & flashers on when disabled - especially in the fast lane of a major highway! I'm just thankful that I was not on Route 101 at the time!

Please get this person off our highways!


Posted by jster51
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 28, 2021 at 5:09 pm

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The car was disabled, quite possible that there was no power, meaning there would be no flashing lights available! I was taught that the number one rule of driving was not to hit anything. I am guessing that the motorcyclist was traveling at an unsafe speed for the time and conditions.


Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 29, 2021 at 2:46 pm

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jster51,

Going even the legal speed limit at night does not give a rider/driver a lot of time to react to a stopped car in the middle of a lane with no lights on. From the report, he hit the open rear passenger door so he was able to swerve out of the way but that extra 3 feet of protruding door from the car was just too much. Since the article does not report the bike was speeding I have no reason to believe they were. In this case the car seems to be at fault. While it is possible they did not have power I find it unlikely. Even if they did they should have had a way to signal to approaching motorists (flares, flashlight, warning triangles, etc.). It is pretty basic safety equipment and it sounds like they had time to get out of the vehicle (and leave the door open).

Condolences to the motorcyclists family.


Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 31, 2021 at 11:01 am

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To Enough:

I agree with your insights. As a licensed driver, your responsibility is avoid creating hazards for others. First ensure that you & the passengers are safe & next ensure that you have not created a hazard for others. Even if the car had lost all electrical power and you did not have any safety equipment in the car (which sadly, is often true), you have a moral obligation to warn approaching motorists of a deadly hazard - be safely on the median & wave, etc. to approaching motorists.

Also, this is another example of very mediocre reporting - so many unasked & unanswered questions. Route 101 has always been dangerous, but now the signage & construction combined with very poor road conditions makes it like driving in a 3rd World Country!


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Dec 31, 2021 at 8:32 pm

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" this is another example of very mediocre reporting "

Like if there are no more known facts to report then the reporter should simply make up "facts"?


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Dec 31, 2021 at 8:33 pm

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" this is another example of very mediocre reporting "

Like if there are no more known facts to report then the reporter should simply make up "facts"?


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