Silver Lake crash victim identified

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SILVER LAKE — The motorcyclist who was killed Saturday in a collision on Sunset Boulevard was identified as 28-year-old Richard Dodds of Los Angeles, according to Kelli Blanchard, an investigator with the county coroner.

Dodds and a passenger were riding westbound on Sunset at about noon when the 71-year-old driver of a Toyota RAV4 heading eastbound turned left in front of them at Micheltorena Street, said Sgt. Rares Isai with the LAPD Central Traffic Division. The driver of the Toyota remained at the site of the crash.

Dodds was declared dead at the scene. His passenger, a 26-year-old female, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

On Sunday, passersby stopped to look at a sidewalk memorial of flowers, candles and notes at the corner where the crash took place.

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  1. We need to change the laws to where anyone over 50 has to renew their DL (with in-car test) every 3 years, people over 60 every 2 years, and people over 70 every year.

    • That’s a super insensitive response to your point though. Very sad story and I do hope that the young girl recovers soon.

    • right, as if statistically younger people aren’t responsible for more crashes.

    • Agreed Mark, but it’ll never happen in this overly political correct climate. You present a very simple solution to a very common problem but people will just label you. An ageist in this case.

    • Mark it’s pretty self-righteous to assume that because this driver is 70 (?) that’s why this happened…many young people are in accidents all the time. That’s why they are called “accidents” ….I was at this intersection right after this horrible event took place and have felt terribly for everyone involved since that day. Who knows what split second decisions actually led to this horrible event. But it can happen to any one at any time….. I saw the driver at the scene and Im sure his life is now destroyed , and pretty certain he didn’t set out to “kill” anyone that day. May love, peace and healing be with everyone related or involved.

    • It was not the drivers fault. He was almost finished turning left when the bike hit the car. The motorcyclist was riding suicide, he didn’t have a front break so couldn’t stop his bike properly. Know all the facts before you blame someone. I’m sure it was a horrible traumatic experience for the driver.

  2. A sad and terrible accident. Unlike in so many accidents that turn in to hit-and-runs, the driver of the Toyota RAV stayed at the scene, rather than leaving like a coward.

  3. Bent Over a Bento Box

    Prayers to the family and friends of Richard. So Sad. Also, prayers to the driver of the RAV4. I’m sure he must feel awful,

  4. Please PLEASE donate to Tori Drew ( Passenger ) https://www.gofundme.com/2x9fhqtq
    She is from Vancouver BC – Canada
    She has 2 broke legs, a broken pelvis and some cranial bleeding as well as various other injuries..
    She needs all the love and support we can give her – Being as she is from Canada this is going to get extremely pricey. (Flights for her family, medical bills, and her transportation home) This is going to be a long tough road ahead of her



  5. Same happened to me, I crashed against a car turning left in front of my bike, my mate died, I got lucky and survived with a lot of injuries tough.
    Please all of you that drive-ride, be kind to anyone you come across, drive carefully. Everyone deserves one more day.

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