One year ago: Harry Hurt
Hurt, a professor of safety science at USC during the 1970s, was the chief investigator for the Hurt Report, a groundbreaking study that, among other things, found that speed was not a factor in most crashes.
"I don't think [Hurt's] contributions to motorcycle safety can be overstated," said Art Friedman, former editor of Motorcyclist magazine, who in 1990 wrote a column naming Hurt as motorcyclist of the decade.
Hurt rode motorcycles for years and never had a crash, said his wife, Joan.
Hurt died a year ago at age 81. His obituary appeared in The Times on Dec. 2, 2009.
-- Keith Thursby
Photo: Harry Hurt in 1978. Credit: Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times