Update: Prius Driver Beaten After Crashing into Pack of Motorcyclists

Redwood City police officers received a report of a collision involving a Toyota Prius and multiple motorcyclists on Highway 101 near the Ralston Avenue exit Sunday morning.

A driver who was recording a group of motorcyclists with his cell phone on U.S. Highway 101 near Belmont Sunday morning hit two of the motorcyclists, prompting some of them to assault him, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Redwood City police officers received a report of a collision involving a Toyota Prius and multiple motorcyclists on Highway 101 near the Ralston Avenue exit around 8 a.m., CHP Officer Arturo Montiel said.

While en route to the scene, officers received reports that several motorcycle riders were assaulting the Prius driver, he said.

Arriving officers did not witness the assault, but located four motorcycles in one lane, a Prius stopped two lanes over and at least 20 other motorcyclists at the scene, according to Montiel.

Officers learned that the motorcyclists had been traveling north in the left-most lane while the Prius driver was driving two lanes over to the right, the CHP officer said.

For unknown reasons, the Prius driver was using his cell phone to videotape the motorcyclists as he was driving, according to the CHP.

When traffic in front of the car slowed, the driver braked hard and swerved to the left to avoid a crash, colliding with a motorcyclist in the left-hand lane in the process.

The car then collided with the center divider and bounced back, hitting another motorcycle before coming to a stop in the roadway's third lane, Montiel said.

Two more motorcyclists traveling near the back of the pack lost control in an attempt to avoid the crash in their path.

One motorcyclist, 43-year-old Michael Manner of San Bruno, suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung in the collision and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, according to the CHP

The Prius driver, identified only as a 19-year-old San Jose man, and motorcyclists 48-year-old Fernando Robles of San Bruno and Reggie Santos, 31, of Castro Valley, were each taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

Another motorcyclist, 46-year-old David Ramirez of San Carlos, was transported to a private residence with a broken leg, according to the CHP.

Montiel said the collision and alleged assault remain under investigation, and it is unclear whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Multiple lanes near the scene of the crash remained closed for about 30 minutes Sunday morning.

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commuter May 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM
What will the driver be charged with? Hand-held cell phone? Distracted driving? Unsafe lane change? Failure to yield? Hitting 2 people counts as 2 separate crimes?
TGD May 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM
"Hitting 2 people counts as 2 separate crimes?" What do think it should be? Kill one get the second free?
maryquitecontrary, mary May 22, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Why would you assault a 19 year kid? this is why they are called accidents. dumb asses, he was probable admiring your ride. Sounds like all these guys are too old to be riding anyway....get a life....i have 5 close family members who have died by way of motorcycles. I wish they would outlaw them.
Steve Hayes May 22, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I can think of several reasons - the 19 year old was acting in a completely careless manner and ran into two motorcycles and inured the two drivers. I don't condone the assault (remember he only sustained minor injuries) but I hope the 19 year old has learned something about paying attention while driving.
FidelGonzales May 23, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I believe I see a majority of the problem: "19 year kid?" He's no kid but acts like an irresponsible child at the expense of others. That's the issue. And it would seem, assuming he purchased the "eco" car as a gesture to save the environment, he ought to first consider saving himself and others from the result of his childish irresponsibility. Versus an earth-first approach, he and the others in the hospital would have benefited greatly from a more humanity first approach. Anyhow, for the man child, it's time for him to man up and suffer the consequences of his idiocy. I'm not suggesting he deserves to be assaulted due to his wreckless actions. Although, that is one way a male of age might learn a lesson for sending a few guys to the hospital.


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