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By John P Burns, Jun. 03, 2004
Nicely done. Wonder if this was an act of terrorism?


(From Orange County Register, 2 June 04)

IRVINE, CA. A Costa Mesa Police motorcycle officer was injured Sunday night when he was struck from behind by a motorcycle traveling at more than 100 mph, authorities said.
Officers Dennis Dickens, 39, and Tony Yannizzi, 48, were riding side by side at about 65 mph in the southbound car-pool lane of the San Diego (I-405) Freeway when the collision took place just north of Jamboree Road, police said.
A third motorcycle, driven by Javier Gasga, 33, of Mission Viejo, ran into Dickens motorcycle from behind, police say. Dickens landed on Yannizzis motorcycle and tried to hold onto Yannizzis left leg but lost his grip and fell to the pavement, police said.
Gasga was catapulted onto Dickens motorcycle and rode it for about a quarter mile before losing control and crashing.
Yannizzi stopped his motorcycle, ran to Gasga and pulled him out of traffic. He then ran to Dickens, who was trying to crawl to safety.
When I saw my partner rolling and bouncing, I thought for sure he was dead, Yannizzi said.
Dickens suffered abrasions and a cracked pelvis.
Gasga, who suffered a collapsed lung, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving.
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