Top 10 Motorcycle Accidents of the Rich & Famous

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Eric Estrada

Eric Estrada

During the height of the show’s popularity in 1980, the breakout star of TVs CHiPs was involved in a serious motorcycle accident while filming. Estrada was following a camera car down an alley in Pacoima, CA, when he lost control of his 1000cc Kawasaki. As 75 horrified cast, crew and onlookers watched, Enrique (his real name) was thrown chest-first onto the hood of the car, and the police bike landed on top of him. Estrada was first thought to have severed his aorta, which would have required immediate open-heart surgery. “Twice doctors told me he wouldn’t make it,” co-star Larry “Jon” Wilcox later said.

Producers incorporated the mishap into the show’s storyline, filming Ponch’s scenes from Estrada’s real-life hospital bed. Legend has it some 500 flower arrangements and gifts poured into the teen heartthrob’s hospital room, including a nude candy-nurse doll.

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14 Comments

  1. Bob D
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Nice article. But OMG the performance of this site, since the “upgrade” is horrible. It takes for ever to load any new page. PLEASE FIX THIS WEBSITE!!! MO used to be my go to site for MC news, and the content is still good, but due to the horrible performance it is now the last site I visit and many times I don’t even bother. It is that bad. Have you noticed a drop off in traffic???

  2. james lagnese
    Posted August 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    No Billy Joel?

  3. CrashFroelich
    Posted August 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Big Ben’s ride was a ‘Busa. Not a great choice for a starter bike. Mike Tyson got bit by a ‘Busa as well.

  4. Glenn
    Posted August 3, 2013 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Running a stop sign is not a motorcycle accident. It is evolution in action, to dumb to breed.

    • TonyCarlos
      Posted August 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      Do you mean “too dumb to ……?”

      • zenmonger
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

        Hay dont make fun uv glen cuz he be two dum to reed or rite

  5. Jim Miller
    Posted August 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Forgot Schwarzenegger.

  6. TonyCarlos
    Posted August 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    BMW never made the R1200RS that you’ve reported Fonda as owning.

  7. Billlllyyyyy
    Posted August 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    What about T.E Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia? Surely the most famous motorcycle crash of all time, ending the life of a true hero of the first world war and a person of far more consequence in both life and death than anyone else on this list (including Bob Dylan… though maybe not Hasslehoff); after all, wasn’t it his accident that prompted the first motorcycle helmet to be made?

  8. Nearsighted
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    If I had to crash into something I think a vagina would be my first choice, but not a lawyer’s vagina.

  9. zenmonger
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Have to agree with Billy; TE Lawrence should rate over half those mentioned in the article. Like Ann-Margret and Fonda, he was clearly a true enthusiast, and you just know that if he had survived he would have gotten right back in the saddle again.

  10. zenmonger
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Have to agree with Billy; TE Lawrence should rate over half those mentioned in the article. Like Ann-Margret and Fonda, he was clearly a true enthusiast, and you just know that if he had survived he would have gotten right back in the saddle again.

  11. Piglet2010
    Posted February 25, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    No Bobby Petrino who indirectly got fired from Arkansas due to a motorcycle accident, or NBA second overall pick Jay Williams who ended his short career due to crashing a motorcycle?

  12. Piglet2010
    Posted February 25, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Too much ego in most cases to get proper training and wear proper gear, and no one willing to verbally slap them for their attitude.

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