Motorcyclists Block California Freeway For Proposal Stunt

Call it what you want to but you gotta admit Hector “Tank” Martinez’s marriage proposal was a bit over the top.  The California sportbike rider and member of the 710 Bikerz and 300 of his friends blocked the I-10 freeway in West Corvina on Sunday January 27th while Martinez, did a quick burnout (with pink smoke)  took off his helmet, got down on one knee and  proposed to his girlfriend Paige Hernandez.

According to published reports, the California Highway Patrol isn’t very romantically inclined and issued citations to about 20 motorcyclists who were hanging around on the surface streets after the incident.

One CHP officer said others involved in the stunt may be charged as well.  Potential charges could range from various misdemeanors to felonies for impeding traffic, according to CHP Officer Jose Barrios.

“It’s a public safety issue as well,” Barrios said. “Reckless driving, stopping when it’s not an emergency stop — just a few of the violations they were committing at the time.”

If the CHP follows the same procedure it did when the members of the rock group Imperial Stars shut down the 101 Freeway in October of 2010, Martinez will likely face some type of felony charges.

Oh, and Hernandez said yes.

Troopers Still Searching For Honda Driver Who Caused Horrific Wreck

CHP officers say the driver of a gold Honda Accord, similar to this one, caused the wreck in which five people, four of them motorcycilsts, died.

California Highway Patrol officers say they’re still looking for the driver of the gold colored Honda Accord that caused the accident that killed four motorcyclists and a passenger in an auto earlier today. (Sunday)

Four of the dead belonged to a motorcycle club called the Saddle Tramps, based in Lakeside in northeast San Diego County, CHP Officer DeeAnn Goudie said. The accident occured while the club was celebrating its 10th anniversary Saturday with a ride across the desert, she said.

Goudie said at least 12 members of the motorcycle club met around 9 a.m. for breakfast in Lakeside before hitting the road. About 12:50 p.m. they were riding east on California 98 near Ocotillo, about 80 miles from San Diego, when the Honda pulled up behind the motorcyclists and passed them in the oncoming lane.

At the same time, a white Dodge Avenger heading toward the motorcyclists swerved to avoid the oncoming Honda. Goudie said the driver lost control and crashed into six motorcyclists, killing four of them. Authorities say the Honda driver caused the crash and continuing heading east.

Among those killed were a husband and wife riding the same bike, Goudie said. The names of the dead were not released Sunday pending notification of their relatives.

The CHP identified the driver of the Dodge as Carlos Ramirez Bobadilla, 36, of Mexicali, Mexico. His wife was among those killed.

The injured were airlifted or taken by ambulance to UC San Diego Medical Center and the El Centro Regional Medical Center, according to Goudie.

Those hospitalized were Wilson Trayer, 39, of Lakeside, Kelly Halley, 42, of Santee; William Barnes, 57, and Melanie Barnes, 46, both of San Diego. A fifth survivor, John Lombardo, 55, was released from El Centro Medical Center on Sunday afternoon.