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Actor Jason Alexander hits teen bicyclist in Mid-City

Jasonalexander Actor Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza in the long-running "Seinfeld" TV series, hit a teenage bicyclist Tuesday in Mid-City, police officials said.

The collision was reported shortly after 7:15 a.m. at Wilshire Boulevard and June Street.

The 14-year-old boy was on his way to middle school when he was struck. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Los Angeles police took an accident report and are investigating the incident, but Alexander was not cited.

Alexander played the neurotic George, friend to Jerry, Elaine and Kramer, on the hit TV show from 1989 to 1998.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Jason Alexander in 2007. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

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A driver of a car hits a cyclist (could be a complete accident we don't know the details yet) but right away you're admonishing cyclists for being in the street. If you're going to say something based just solely on the few details of this particular accident you might say motorists should be more careful or pay more attention. If this were a drive-by shooting would you say that teenagers should not be walking out in public because they might get shot? The street is not competition, it's a right of way for transportation for both cyclists and motor vehicles. And according to the CVC the bicycle has the rights (and responsibilities) of using the street. Again we don't know the details yet, if the cyclist was doing something like driving the wrong way on a one-way street then he's at fault. But assuming the cyclist is obeying the rules of the road then you need to put the responsibility on the users of the road to drive safely.
As a cyclist who uses my bike for transportation I can say, I would appreciate well thought out cycling infrastructure such as bike lanes you mentioned and I can say from experience it's much more dangerous to cycle on sidewalks.
For the motorists out there who want less congestion more parking spaces and cleaner air, you might consider making cyclists feel a little safer by passing cyclists safely (the cvc calls for 3 feet). The more cyclists out there the more pleasant it will be for everyone.

Blaming the victim is awesome.

Get a brain.

Known drivers like Rosee that have a bad attitude towards sharing the roads with bicyclists should be the ones that forfeit their licenses and are permanetely banned from the streets!

Could've been me yesterday, instead of Jason, and some dope instead of this kid. I was driving up LaBrea during rush hour, in the parking lane (no parking allowed at 5:30 PM). Guy comes cruising off of a side street & turning up LaBrea without even looking left or right, directly into my lane. I swerved, sounded the horn, missed him by a hair, (luckily no one to my left to hit), & I could hear him cussing me out as I continued. AAArrrghhhh!

Not CITED???? Just another Hollywood Celebraty gettinf away with (almost) murder. The driver must have NOT been paying attention, so he hits a kid on a bike and is not cited. God, when are going to STOP treating actors differently than the rest of us???

With regard to Rosee's comment, I can only say that she remember that cyclists are legally permitted on the road, and it's the automobile driver's responsibility to maneuver around them.

That said, of course, I am only too aware that the vast majority of cyclists ride illegally, ignore rules of the road, don't use their hand signals, and ride without helmets. Those are the cyclists who shame the rest of us.

And I echo Rosee's comment that I hope both car driver and bicycle driver are okay.

C'mon L.A. Times, leave this kind of stuff to TMZ or the National Enquirer -- this is non-news.

And you have to feel sympathetic towards celebrities when ANY little incident that they're involved in -- however insignificant -- gets them in the news.

Teenage rider: this says it all.
This is the EXACT reason irresponsible/unskilled riders should NOT be in the streets with cars OR ON THE SIDEWALKS (crashing into pedestrians).

I've been riding on the city streets (SF, LA, Seattle) for decades - never had an accident, and I have to disagree with Rosee. If the street has multiple lanes or is single laned, but has slow traffic, even bad riders can be safe. But if a bike rider chooses to act like an imbecile, running red lights and acting oblivious to surrounding traffic, he/she will likely be in a serious accident within a year regardless of where he/she rides.

Simply put, if you are too stupid to realize that you+ your bike have much less mass than a half-ton or more of car/trucks, or do NOT have enough strength and speed to get out of the way in an emergency, or are simply just high, you will end up in the ICU. Bad drivers can survive a crash; bicycles do NOT have airbags or crumple zones!

Can you smell lawsuit? Many bike riders think they are above the law and do not honor any road laws. They constantly run stop signs and think that they can do anything they want for you are in a car and they are on a bike and they can sue you for hitting them. Living in Venice and Santa Monica you can often see bike riders ride two or three abreast and ignore you on the street. It is astounding to me that there are not more accidents in the area. Young/Old people need to be educated about laws and what their obligations are when riding their bikes.

We are the traffic

Rosee - Where do the cyclists go when the bike lane ends? Can I crash at your house while I'm waiting for a ride since you don't think I should be allowed on the streets?

Rosee: How do you even know whether the kid was riding in the street? This blog post doesn't give any details on how the accident took place. For all you know, the kid could have been riding on the sidewalk and crossing Wilshire in a crosswalk when he was struck. Don't make unjustified assumptions about the circumstances just because it's convenient for you to do so.

Which brings up another point: the fact of the matter is, the street is sometimes the safest place to ride, even in the absence of a bike lane. It's often *more dangerous* to ride on the sidewalk, as you're *less visible* to drivers and run the risk of being hit when you suddenly dart out into a crosswalk or attempt to cross a driveway as a car is making a turn. Regardless of what happened with Jason Alexander and this kid, drivers need to be aware that they're going to encounter bikes on the street from time to time, and that when they do, they have to be alert and take care to pass and/or turn in as safe a manner as possible.

Poor George, he's going to be real neurotic now....do you see $$$ signs on the horizon....

Lets hope it works out for the best; and the good thing is the boy was not seriously hurt; but lets see what the family lawyers are going to say.

As a bicyclist, I've been hit and injured by a van that sped off while I was far too the right in the bike route section of Pico. I've also had a driver alertly swerve around me when I made a dumb mistake changing lanes. So no generalizations about cars vs. bikes based on this one incident.

I'm with Rosee on this one.

Cyclists don't belong on the road in L.A. We're the car capital of the world and while they certainly have a right to be there, its flat out stupid. I think you have to be a seriously stubborn moron to ride a bycicle anywhere in L.A. and think its safe. The city is much too big, were not in Provence here people, its LOS ANGELES. I used to ride as a kid and when I have children, they're not in any way, shape or form, riding their bike anywhere. Sorry, logic applies to me more than just a right to be in the street.

Hey Whyat, either walk, catch a ride or take the Bus. DUH.

You can talk cyclist rights all you want but a 14-year old child shouldn't be allowed to cycle on Wilshire during rush.

I saw a bicyclist kick the door of a car the other day - if one is going to share the road, one should have to have easily identifiable accountabilities (e.g. a license plate). Would you bicyclists agree to that?

Serenity now !

Was he too hungry to think, caused by the Jenny Craig diet?

Uh, Rosee, go to the license branch and read a book.

The only qualifier I would add to this story is that 14 is, to me anyway, still a bit young for unescorted riding in traffic; I'd have to be out there with my child for another year or two. But that's just me....

Rosee -- learn something.....

If Wilshire is too narrow for a bike lane then City Planning and Transportation Dept. needs to designate one entire lane as a bike sharow. Meaning if a bike is in any part of a lane then it gets to be in the lane just like a car, since bikes are moving vehicles and must be rode on streets.

@Rosee: No, this is the exact reason that all road users are required to coexist with all other road users. I pay as much taxes as anyone else, and I own 3 cars, but my preferred mode of travel to and from work is on a bicycle (22 miles a day). They're my roads just as much as they are the people in cars, and I'm only asking for about 1/20th as much space as someone in a car - why should I not be granted that?

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