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On The Scene Of A Canyon Accident

Bikers tend to injured motorcyclist, squirt car fire with their water bottles.

Dave Dhillon of Lafayette and his biking buddy Ray Diaz were coming down winding Pinehurst Road, toward the end of a 35-mile Skyline-Pinehurst loop, when they came upon the accident scene Sunday afternoon in Canyon.

Under the canopy of redwoods, they braked to a stop where a motorcyclist was lying on the side of Pinehurst Road after a collision with a sedan that came to rest atop a little embankment. The injured motorcyclist was being tended by a couple of other bikers who happened on the scene and the woman who had been driving the sedan, Dhillon said.

The motorcyclist had serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Walnut Creek. "I feel horrible for the motorcyclist and scared 'cause I ride my bicycle on that road often," said Dhillon. "Hope the rider didn't sustain any permanent injuries … the front end of the bike was laying over on the side. The bike was just demolished."

While they were there, a little flame started under the sedan on the embankment. Dhillon and another biker squirted the fire with water bottles. The flames appeared to go out, but about three minutes later another fire broke out and soon the car was engulfed, Dhillon said.

Dhillon said the sedan had come from the uphill side, from the direction of the Canyon School, and the motorcycle came from the downhill side, from the direction of the intersection of Pinehurst and Canyon.

After police and firefighters arrived to tend to the injured motorcyclist, Dhillon and Diaz went on their way. The driver of the sedan was later arrested on suspicion of DUI by CHP, Moraga police reported.

Andrew L. February 12, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Given the unsafe speed of many motorcyclists on this road and the lack of space for the many bicyclists, drunk or non-attentive drivers are the last thing needed.
gavilan February 13, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Same day, same road, a large white van passing another cyclist on a blind corner came half into my lane and a really bad thing nearly happened. The lack of good judgment shown by a few drivers in the Canyon-Pinehurst-Redwood area takes a bit of the bloom off of what are otherwise excellent roads for cyclists. I find that motorcyclists, on average, show much more caution and respect around cyclists than cars (although speeding is speeding, and DUI is DUI, period), but it only takes one driver who thinks they are the center of the universe, regardless of what kind of engine is under them, for bad things to happen.
gavilan February 13, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Same day, same road, a large white van passing another cyclist on a blind corner came half into my lane and a really bad thing nearly happened. The lack of good judgment shown by a few drivers in the Canyon-Pinehurst-Redwood area takes a bit of the bloom off of what are otherwise excellent roads for cyclists. I find that motorcyclists, on average, show much more caution and respect around cyclists than cars (although speeding is speeding, and DUI is DUI, period), but it only takes one driver who thinks they are the center of the universe, regardless of what kind of engine is under them, for bad things to happen.
NM February 13, 2013 at 06:49 PM
hey bikers, lets start by staying to the FAR right of the road. not riding in the middle or riding side by side!
CJ February 13, 2013 at 07:33 PM
NM- You are not achknowledging the cyclists superiority over you by making demands such as this. You don't appreciate how hard it is to carrry a conversation with your riding partner when such lowlife cretin drivers are harrassing you. You must evolve to their level, then you will be happy to follow at 10MPH to revel in the view of their lycra clad butts and their ridiculous $15K bikes and fake sponsor gear.
MF February 13, 2013 at 08:53 PM
http://bicycledriving.org/public-awareness/motorists-should-know
happy1 February 15, 2013 at 08:29 PM
For most cyclists, Canyon is a tourist destination. For those of us that live in Canyon, Pinehurst is the only means of access to and from our homes. School, soccer, work, groceries, I travel that road many times a day. I can't count how many times have I been stuck behind a rude group of cyclists determined to turn my 7 minute drive into a 40 minute view of their sweaty asses. Canyon folk are kind and friendly, I can't count exactly the dozens of hurt and stranded cyclists I have ferried to their destinations after finding them broken in Canyon, or the hundreds of times Canyon folk have come with chainsaws to clear the road or pull a car out of the ditch. I also can't count the number of times I've been called a 'bitch' by a cyclist for passing them. 3 times I have had really close calls after a cyclist purposely veered to the center lane to block the road as I was trying to pass, one actually sent me into the ditch, his response to my cry that he could have killed us both? "cyclists have the same right to the lane as a car and auto drivers have no right to pass any vehicle unless there is a passing lane" (I'm not even joking) Other times large groups of bikers ride side by side or 3 in a row, so safe passing is impossible, not at all respecting that they are tourists, visitors into our town. Some cyclists simply yell "stop driving cars bitch' or 'no cars on this road!? The sheer number of cyclists in the summer guarantees at least one daily 40 min delay and insult.
happy1 February 15, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Hope everyone involved is ok!

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