Prominent Surgeon Dies After Loss Of Control Of Motorcycle In Rancho Penasquitos, California

A prominent orthopedic surgeon from Carmel Valley, California died Thursday night after losing control of his motorcycle while riding in Rancho Penasquitos.

Jeffrey Marxen M.D., 60, died after he lost control of his motorcycle, hit a curb, and was thrown from his Honda Goldwing motorcycle into a large blue metal canister along the curb.  Marxen was said to have been thrown 150 feet during the accident.

The accident occurred as Marxen was heading northbound on Black Mountain Road around 10 p.m.  It is unknown why he lost control of the motorcycle.

Marxen was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the February 24 NBC San Diego story titled “La Mesa Surgeon Killed In Motorcycle Crash.”   Additional details, as well as remembrances, can be seen in the February 24 La Mesa Patch story titled “Update:  Memorial is March 3 for Jeff Marxen, ‘Doctor’s Doctor.'”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident, call 773-392-8182 at any time for a free consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee for this consultation.

Prison Sentence For 2009 Illinois Fatal Motorcycle Accident That Killed Two People

A February 8 story in The Beacon-News titled “Seven years for driver who killed two motorcyclists” tells of the criminal sentencing and civil lawsuit of a woman involved in a 2009 fatal motorcycle accident that killed Wade and Denise Thomas near Route 47 and Smith Road south of Elburn, Illinois.

The woman, Alia Bernard, now 27, was sentenced to seven years in prison.

A couple of excerpts from the story:

Bernard pleaded guilty in December to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence. She must serve 85 percent, or nearly six years, of the sentence. Bernard could have received probation if Anderson found extraordinary circumstances to spare her prison. In the end, Anderson said probation would diminish the seriousness of Bernard’s actions.

also:

Bernard was indicted on the felony charges because she was found to have a small amount of marijuana in her system at the time of the crash, although prosecutors acknowledged she was not high when it occurred. Bernard’s attorney, Bruce Brandwein, pushed strongly for probation because of that fact, as well as his client’s lack of criminal history.

The story also includes mention of Bernard’s texting around the time of the accident.

According to the story, there was a settlement of a 2009 lawsuit against Bernard by the Thomas estate that was settled earlier this year.

Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources including The Beacon-News story mentioned above as well as the Huffington Post article of February 10 titled “Alia Bernard, Aurora Woman Who Had Pot In Her System, Gets 7 Years In Fatal Crash.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident, call 773-392-8182 at any time for a free consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee for this consultation.

Motorists Driving In The Wrong Direction In The Chicago Area

In the recent past there have been a variety of “wrong-way” driver incidents on Chicago area expressways and Lake Shore Drive. Some of these incidents involved accidents, including fatal accidents.  While none of these incidents involved motorcycles, it seems advisable to elevate awareness of the increasing nature of cars driving on the wrong side of the road, especially since accidents involving these “wrong-way” drivers often include fatalities.

Here is a list, in reverse chronological order, of “wrong-way” driver incidents that have been widely reported, along with links to the relevant blog posts concerning these incidents:

(please note, the first four posts are from the Elman Law Group’s Chicago Illinois Car Accident Lawyer Blog, whereas the last two are from Elman Law Group’s Lake County IL Car Accident Lawyer blog)

February 9, 2012: “Wrong-Way Driver Collides With Car And Van On Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

February 6, 2012: “4 Dead In Wrong-Way Car Accident On I-80 In Hazel Crest, Illinois

February 3, 2012: “Wrong-Way Driver On Chicago’s Stevenson Expressway Drives 6 Miles, Then Crashes “Head-On” Into Another Car

January 16, 2012: “‘Wrong-Way’ Driver Incident On Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway

December 15, 2011: “Edens Expressway Wrong-Way Driver Travels For Over 11 Miles

As well, there have been a variety of other “wrong-way” incidents in 2011, both on Chicago-area expressways as well as other roadways. These crashes included that of August 6, as seen in “2 Killed On I88 In Lisle During Wrong-Way Head-On Collision.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident, call 773-392-8182 at any time for a free consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee for this consultation.