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LAKESIDE SADDLE TRAMPS RAISE $6K TO HELP OCEANSIDE TOT HURT BY DRUNK DRIVER

 

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.

View two videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW51KUlMHYU by Billy Ortiz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wiif8NrhPs by Ron Cook

CHP: DRIVER WHO STRUCK MOTORCYCLES NEAR OCOTILLO HAD NO ALCOHOL IN BLOOD; WILL NOT FACE CHARGES

 

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.

5 DEAD, 6 INJURED IN OCOTILLO CRASH, INCLUDING 4 MEMBERS OF AN EAST COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB

 

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.

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