Santa Monica, CA: On Thursday, February 10th, a motorcyclist collided with a vehicle on 11th and Santa Monica Blvd. Upon the arrival of first responders, they noticed the motorcyclist in the middle of the intersection and another vehicle parked nearby the accident showing damage from a recent accident. The occupant(s) of that vehicle remained on the scene. According to witnesses that saw the accident, it appeared that either the SUV or motorcycle ran a red light. Witnesses also noted that neither vehicle appeared to be speeding but it looks like speed is a factor due to the damage that the motorcycle caused to the SUV that was involved. The motorcyclist was transported to a nearby area hospital and is listed in critical condition. The Santa Monica Police Department had to partially close parts of 11th st & Santa Monica Blvd causing a backup in the area. Santa Monica BLVD was closed to westbound traffic at 10th street, 11th street was closed and vehicles traveling north or south had to make a right turn onto Santa Monica Blvd. (Southbound could make left & right turns onto Santa Monica BLVD.) No one was able to continue onto 11th street causing adding to more driving time having to go around and reconnect with 11th street or taking an alternate route. Officers we spoke to stated that the backup wouldn't have occurred if the motorcycle wasn't in the middle of the intersection as they had to wait for a tow truck to pick up the motorcycle to remove it from the intersection and to reopen the intersection. At this time, there has been no cause of accident released from the Santa Monica Police Department.
An official cause of the accident has not been released from the Santa Monica Police Department at this time.