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UPDATED: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Newhall Pass freeway collision

Posted: February 5, 2014 8:55 a.m.
Updated: February 5, 2014 12:06 p.m.

A motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries following a traffic collision on Interstate 5 this morning was reported in stable condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said before noon.

Shawn P. Knight, 58, of Rancho Cucamonga was listed in stable condition by hospital staff, Katreena Salgado said around 11 a.m.

Knight was injured in a chain-reaction crash involving two cars and his bike, according to a news release issued by California Highway Officer John Lutz.

He was rushed by ambulance to the hospital about 6 a.m.

The crash occurred about 5:40 a.m. today. The driver of a 2005 Dodge Avenger was traveling north on I-5 in the lane next to the carpool lane just south of Highway 14, according to Lutz. Traffic was moving approximately 30 miles per hour.

The driver of a 2013 Nissan Rogue, described as a 62-yer-old Simi Valley man, was stopped in traffic in the same lane ahead of the Dodge.

Knight was traveling northbound in the carpool lane on his motorcycle, approaching both the Dodge and the Nissan, the CHP reported.

For unknown reasons, the Dodge driver was unable to stop his car in time to avoid the halted traffic in front of him, a CHP report said. His vehicle collided with the rear of the Nissan just south of Highway 14.

Immediately after the impact, the driver of the Dodge tried to maneuver his vehicle into the center median, crossing directly into Knight’s path.

The Dodge struck Knight’s 1999 BMW motorcycle, “forcing the motorcycle and rider into the raised concrete barrier. The motorcycle and rider were vaulted over the barrier and into the center median,” the CHP said.

“It’s a major injury collision,” Lutz told The Signal shortly after the crash. Lanes were shut down for an investigation, but by 8 a.m. all had been reopened.

The driver of the Dodge was identified by the CHP as 25-year-old Samuel M. Sabedra of Sylmar. A CHP investigation was continuing.
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tpaul: Posted: February 5, 2014 12:11 p.m.

God speed brother

ride2live: Posted: February 5, 2014 12:22 p.m.

I see this type of driving frequently. Car drivers not paying attention causing injury to us riders. But everyone thinks it is the MC riders that cause accidents. Glad you are alive my brother.

mtopper: Posted: February 5, 2014 3:33 p.m.

I always see traffic backing up coming North through the pass. People just don't leave enough room between their car and the car ahead to safely come to a stop. Glad to hear a fellow rider is alive and c'mon people - exercise a little awareness. I see so many people texting or applying makeup and it makes me want to beat on their windows and yell at them.

src: Posted: February 5, 2014 3:37 p.m.

^this. Had a discussion with a fellow rider at the post office on Saturday about the carelessness of the drivers around here. Not to say there isn't a segment of the riding community (helmet mohawk, shorts, and a "back protector" guys) who ride like idiots. Drivers need to be aware that motorcycles, like my wife says, can come "out of nowhere". Stay in your lane, signal lane changes, be aware of who's around you, and be patient. Had another moron pull out on me today because he thought he "had enough time" to get up to speed. He was wrong.

Rubber side down, brothers!

ricketzz: Posted: February 6, 2014 4:56 a.m.

Is the bike OK?

14forlife: Posted: February 6, 2014 6:41 a.m.

ricketzz..........your an A&&!!....i bet you are happy they told you the names of the people involved, like it matters..

tpaul: Posted: February 6, 2014 11:08 a.m.

Tick Canyon , that explains it

ricketzz: Posted: February 8, 2014 6:49 a.m.

It's a standard biker joke, used after every non-fatal accident with a motorcycle. It probably got a chuckle until all the "harrumph" 3rd party umbrage.

I don't drink the water. It makes stalactites.

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