Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: California Central Coast
This appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 1989 (edited for brevity):
A pickup driver on the freeway kept his cool yesterday when a motorcycle speeding at 120 miles an hour crashed into the rear of his moving truck, and two men flew in the bed of his camper. Instead of stopping, he stomped on the gas and sped straight to a hospital.
"It was the strangest thing that ever happened in my life," the driver, Lawrence Wilson, 35, said. "My first thought was somebody threw a bomb. I looked over my shoulder and immediately saw two things--a huge, gaping hole that didn't belong and this guy whose head was resting on the seat where my kids ride. He said, 'Can you help us? I think my friend's really hurt.'"
The motorcycle, a Suzuki 1100, was demolished. Gary Lopez, the motorcycle passenger, told Wilson the bike was traveling at 120 miles an hour. He also said that the motorcycle rider, David Cordova, had bought the cycle just the day before.
Lopez was treated at Wheeler Hospital and released. Cordova was transported by helicopter to San Jose Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Cordova faces charges for felony drunk driving. Neither of the motorcyclists was wearing a helmet, authorities said.