Lakeside Saddle Tramps
By Billy Ortiz and Miriam Raftery
Photos by Billy Ortiz
Videos by Billy Ortiz and Ron Cook
January 10, 2011(Lakeside) –You could hear the rumble of big bikes for miles around yesterday in Lakeside, where the Saddle Tramps motorcycle club assembled a ride with other clubs from as far away as Phoenix, Arizona. The event was held to benefit Izaiah Wallis and his family. Izaiah, an Oceanside toddler, who was struck along with his grandfather, Abraham Verde, by a teen drunk driver on October 18th at 9 a.m. Yesterday's event raised $6,000 to help Izaiah and his family.
Fund established to help Trayer family; blood drive planned Saturday for injured victims
By Miriam Raftery
November 15, 2010 (Ocotillo) –The odor of burned rubber still hangs heavy in the air along Highway 98 east of Ocotillo, where five people lost their life in a horrific crash on Saturday. A lone bouquet of flowers in the sand serves as a silent memorial to four members of the Lakeside Saddle Tramp Club and a car passenger who died at the scene.
Authorities seek driver who fled scene after crossing line, causing collision
Update Nov. 14: Authorities now say that the driver who fled the scene was in a gold Honda Civic
November 13, 2010 (Ocotillo) – A horrific pileup today included seven motorcycles from Lakeside’s Saddle Tramps club and two other vehicles. The crash left five dead, including at least four East County residents, and injured six others.
According to the CHP, a car crossed the center line on State Route 98 seven miles east of Ocotillo around 1 p.m., attempting to pass a group of motorcyclists. A sedan veered to avoid a head-on collision with the car, then struck several motorcycles.