Motorcyclist Injured in Highway 29 Crash

Oakland man hit by Vacaville driver trying to pass.


A 47-year-old Oakland man sustained mild-to-moderate injuries this morning when the motorcycle he was riding was struck from behind by a maroon Acura, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Officer Nate Wentzel said Bradford Smith was transported to Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo after the 11:45 a.m. incident on Highway 29 southbound near Southern Crossing.

His Kawasaki motorcycle was left down on the highway and was removed by police. Traffic in the right hand lane was blocked for a short time until the cycle was removed, Wentzel said.

Amy Hansen, 20, of Vacaville, driver of the Acura, was uninjured, Wentzel said.

According to Wentzel, the incident occurred when both vehicles were traveling southbound on Highway 29 approaching the George Butler bridge. The Acura, traveling behind the Kawasaki, attempted to pass the motorcycle, but then the driver pulled back when said she did not have enough room to pass, Wentzel said.

"At that point, for an unknown reason, the motorcycle rider applied the brakes," Wentzel said.

The Acura then struck the braked motorcycle from behind, he said.

Wentzel said no citations were issued at the scene. Passing was legal along that stretch of road, if room were available, he said.

He said the accident is still under investigation.

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Keri Brenner February 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Hi Jeffrey: I think you're right....she changed her mind in the middle of trying to pass, and pulled back, then the motorcyclist braked...but it's not clear why she changed her mind or why the motorcyclist hit his brakes.
Anita D'Groin February 12, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Perhaps I'm just dense, but I'm having trouble visualizing this - especially the described location as being "....southbound on Highway 29 approaching the George Butler bridge." Isn't this freeway with two lanes each direction? If so, where does the statement of "Passing was legal along that stretch of road, if room were available" fit in? I am confused...
Keri Brenner February 12, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Hi Anita: You're correct. There are two lanes, so passing was of course legal. Probably I could delete "if room were available" because that goes without saying. For some reason, the driver pulled out in the next lane to pass, but changed her mind and pulled back. That is what was told to me. Hope that helps.
Cindy Chambers February 12, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Is the NVR wrong when it writes that the motorcyclist was going about 50 and was repeatedly changing lanes to prevent the Acura from passing? And then the motorcyclist attempted to "brake-check" the car? The speed limit is 60 there.
Tom Davidson February 12, 2013 at 08:09 PM
If the NVR says something, it very well could be wrong. And the NVR is guaranteed not to correct their mistakes. They do not know how. And then there's the deliberate lies their moderators blast posters with. WHen proven wrong, there's no apology. Although the moderator got retired, no admission of guilt or aplology. They are such a classy bird-cage liner I'll bet that dozens of parakeets got constipated because the cage liner publication wasn't even worth defecating on.


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