Car-motorcycle crash: Trenton blocked at 31st

crashedcar.jpgLooks like a fairly serious crash at 30th/Trenton involving a car and motorcycle; a fire official at the scene tells us the woman riding the motorcycle has just been taken to the hospital, and the injuries were serious enough that authorities will have to do a major investigation, though the people in the car (which is shown at left; the motorcycle was down in a separate spot) appeared to be OK — so avoid that stretch of Trenton, which is closed off for at least a couple blocks east of 31st (here’s a map; all this is not far from Westwood Village, so if you are heading there from the west, use the Barton entrance instead). Too soon for investigators to say exactly how/why the crash happened. 9:02 PM UPDATE: We just went by to check – the area’s still blocked off and the investigation continues. 10:22 PM UPDATE: The scene is now cleared and the road’s open again.

22 Replies to "Car-motorcycle crash: Trenton blocked at 31st"

  • Todd in Westwood/S.Delridge June 15, 2008 (8:54 pm)

    I hope she comes out of that one o.k. I hate to see this happen.


  • flowerpetal June 15, 2008 (10:24 pm)

    This was an awful accident and all invovled will need our positive thoughts. This is my ‘hood and my stomach sinks each time someone goes speeding by… and I haven’t a clue if speed was even involved in this particular accident. I wish well to all involved.

  • flowerpetal June 15, 2008 (10:25 pm)

    10:20 p.m. and Trenton is still closed for the investigation.

  • WSB June 15, 2008 (10:28 pm)

    Must have just reopened literally a few minutes ago – when we went by (while out on the weekly gas price survey run) at 9:40, the tow trucks were moving into place, and then Patrick went by a few minutes ago and reported it’s clear.

  • papa June 16, 2008 (5:58 pm)

    Seems pretty obvious that the people who hit the motorcycle either ran the stop sign or just didn’t see the bike. I am curious to find out wether the driver of vehicle was on a CELL PHONE!


  • WSB June 16, 2008 (6:13 pm)

    Note, a comment in this thread has been removed at the request of its author. We consider such requests on a case-by-case basis ( — TR

  • Dave G June 16, 2008 (6:55 pm)

    Hope Karen is ok.

  • papa June 16, 2008 (6:59 pm)

    I’m thinking that the comment that was removed was done so because it was a rather incriminating admission that the driver of the vehicle was at fault? If so it should be re-posted.

  • Harrold June 16, 2008 (7:46 pm)

    Karen is a very careful and experienced rider.
    Fault or circumstances can not relieve my concern for her.

  • furor scribendi June 17, 2008 (11:43 am)

    Harrold – if you know this injured motorcycle rider, please post her condition if you can. I was on the scene; it was a terrible accident. She is in my family’s prayers.

  • Jen V. June 17, 2008 (2:23 pm)

    amen. we have been thinking about her too. hope she is doing ok.

  • Harrold June 17, 2008 (3:04 pm)

    I can’t give a full update on her in such a public way, but she will make it through this. She will be in the hospital a couple weeks for surgeries, and PT for months.

  • papa June 17, 2008 (3:08 pm)

    She has a broked tibia and fibia and had surgery yesterday where they inserted rods into both bones. She is scheduled for further surgery on her foot tomorrow, damage to the foot is yet to be determined. She is now awake and breathing on her own and should be out of CICU sometime on thursday or friday. they are planning on keeping her in the hospital for another week at least.

  • WSB June 17, 2008 (3:16 pm)

    thanks for the updates. it is virtually impossible for media to get updates in situations like this because of the privacy laws that tightened in recent years. and those laws provide a needed level of protection, so we’re not complaining, but it does mean that major incidents like this do leave people wondering whatever happened, unless family members choose to provide information. thanks again.

  • furor scribendi June 17, 2008 (5:56 pm)

    Thank you all for the information; with the support of family and friends and prayer her recovery will be more sure. As Harrold said earlier, “fault or circumstances can not relieve my concern for her”.

  • Westwood Resident June 18, 2008 (9:50 am)


    Actually the comment was just the opposite. I saw it before it was removed by request.

  • RuthAnn June 18, 2008 (11:57 am)

    Our prayers are with Derby. I have been there, as my husband had the same injuries about 4 years ago & Harborville was the place to be. They are the best with trauma. Our girl will just be tougher now, and I’m sure we will see that Bionic smile in no time. Get well soon!

  • Sarg June 23, 2008 (12:59 pm)

    Visited Derby yesterday, she was in very good spirits but not very hungry yet. Her foot, ankle and facial orbital surgeries are this week. She is very optimistic and talkative … that is a very good sign. Keep your prayers coming as our dear gal has a long road of recovery ahead of her. I would like to mention that she is in a room with another gal who incurred a m/c accident. Her name is Zoe and she is in much worse shape than Karen. Say a few words for her too. Thank you


  • John Golubiec June 25, 2008 (2:45 pm)

    I hope the rider gets better but I am curious what kind of motorcycle and gear she was wearing. I have been riding for 20 years and only full gear and a full face helmet is the way to go.

  • WSB June 25, 2008 (2:49 pm)

    We had a photo of the motorcycle but did not publish it as there was some blood on the ground as well. My co-publisher, who was at the scene, says there was definitely a helmet, though we are not riders so neither of us could tell you exactly what kind.

  • Prez August 5, 2008 (3:58 pm)

    Hello Everyone,
    We had an astounding response to our last fund raiser for our dear friend Derby and I thank you one and all from the bottom of my biker heart.
    I think we realize that the difficult times aren’t over for Karen so, I set up a nonprofit account for her, whereby you or anyone with the account number shown below can make donations.
    You’ll also be happy to know that our very own, Jeff Joyce’ company is making the first cold hard cash donation.
    So please empty your pockets and give give give generously !

    Friends Of Karen Derby
    Account Number 3622621070
    Any Wells Fargo Bank

    In case you send this to others who may not know why Derby needs our help:

  • Robin October 10, 2008 (8:37 am)

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