“Latigo Canyon is a racetrack and it needs to be stopped.”
John Abbene isn’t the only Malibuite who holds this sentiment but he is the latest victim. On Sunday, Sept. 3, Abbene was struck from behind by a motorcycle rider while on his bicycle on Latigo Canyon Road around 9 a.m. The Malibu local suffered from a shattered elbow, broken wrist, road rash and profuse bleeding from the elbow.
Abbene recounted the details leading up to the accident in a phone call with The Malibu Times.
With overcast skies—a brief respite from the scorching heat Malibu suffered Labor Day weekend—and relatively clear roads, Abbene decided to take a turn around the mountain on his bicycle.
Less than 10 minutes away from his house, he heard three racing motorcycles. Abbene pointed out that the higher the speeds, the louder the engines are on motorcycles.
He pulled over to the right side of the road, with no shoulder but enough room for a motorcycle to pass. Two motorcycles passed him as the third roared behind him.
The next thing Abbene knew, he was picking himself up off the ground after landing on his arm.
The person on the third motorcycle came up to Abbene and said he had tried to pass the bicycle on the right, according to Abbene. The motorcyclist then said he had been riding at 45 mph—the speed limit.
The Malibu resident pointed out over the phone that “nobody passes on the right” and that depending on a person’s location in the canyon, “45 mph isn’t safe.”
During their conversation, Abbene conveyed that he wouldn’t…
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