UPDATE: Motorist Catapulted Off Freeway Overpass, Lands on Second Street

CHP closed Second Street after a man on a scooter fell from the overpass on to Second Street Wednesday afternoon while riding a Vespa with a dog in a pouch. The dog died in the incident, while the man sustained a slew of serious injuries.

A Petaluma man was transported to  with serious injuries Wednesday afternoon after being ejected from his motor scooter on the Hwy. 101 overpass above downtown San Rafael, landing on the roof of a car 40 feet below before rolling onto the Second Street sidewalk, law enforcement authorities said.

California Highway Patrol are still investigating the incident, according to officer Dave Jones. The man driving the Vespa scooter, Timothy Bergman, 42, sustained major injuries as a result of the collision, breaking his pelvis, femur, knee, wrist, ribs and scapula, CHP spokesman Eric Hohmeister said. San Rafael Fire Paramedics took Bergman to Marin General for treatment of his injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, Hohmeister said.

The incident occurred at 3:10 p.m. when Bergman was traveling northbound on Hwy. 101 at approximately 60mph and lost control of his scooter. He swerved and hit the center divider and was sent careening from the Vespa, falling through a gap between the elevated northbound and southbound portions of Hwy. 101 along the San Rafael Viaduct, Hohmeister said. 

Bergman fell approximately 40 feet, landing on a Volkswagen Jetta traveling down Second Street. The teenaged driver of the Jetta was unhurt in the incident, Hohmeister said.

Bergman was driving with a dog in a pouch on the Vespa. The dog hit the center divider with the man, and was killed by the impact or by an oncoming car, Jones said.

Police closed off on Second Street at Hetherton, but reopened all lanes around 4:40 p.m.

Mollie Burg September 11, 2012 at 07:25 AM
First of all, thousands of vehicles drive that section of road every day, all day long. There is clearly no issue with the road. Second, public arrest records show this “victim” has five prior dui convictions as well as a suspended license for those crimes. Third, he was drinking that day and driving a scooter that was last registered in 2002 which had no insurance. So, we have unambiguously established that the “victim” is irresponsible, negligent and imprudent. Furthermore, based upon his ongoing issue with drinking and driving, it is clear that his concern is not for the safety of others. This is a dangerous man we are dealing with who needs to be imprisoned before he inevitably kills someone which many drunk drivers manage to accomplish every day. In addition, since our “victim” is uninsured, the teen and his family will have to pay for all of the vehicle damage as well as any future psychological counseling required for the boy. And what about the cost to our taxpayers for the incredible amount of Police, Firefighters and Ambulance crews on scene. Add to that the immeasurable cost in delays to the public due to the traffic caused by our “victim.”The true tragedy here is not that a criminal with a lifelong history of misconduct was injured due to an “accident,” it is the fact that hundreds of innocent, law abiding people and a young boy were adversely affected by his careless and immature behavior which evidently has no end in sight.
ESwanson September 14, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Mollie, thank you for setting the record straight regarding Mr. Bergman. CHP report confirms the suspended license, no registration or insurance. Ruth as Mr. Bergman's sister you posted on 9/6/12 that "people need to think before they post because innocent people can be involved," I think it's more important for people to think before: (1) they drink and drive, (2) intentionally get behind the wheel of a vehicle that they know is not registered, (3) lack proper insurance for said vehicle, or (4) they have the privilege of driving revoked for prior offenses! Because as it turns out, innocent people, in this partucular case a law abiding innocent teenager, WAS the victim of such wrongful and illegal actions!
Ruth Bergman Crenshaw September 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Mollie, contrary to your wishes, my brother's doing better. And I would appreciate if you would stop lying about something you know nothing about. There was NO alcohol involved on that day. He was totally sober. And as far as the bike goes, it normally sits in the garage gathering dust. Yes Tim's made mistakes in the past, but that's in the past, and his family would appreciate if people would stop assuming the worst, and spreading misinformation and lies.
Ruth Bergman Crenshaw September 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Stop believing lies from people you don't know......
Ruth Bergman Crenshaw September 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Yes his license is suspended; he chose not to renew it when he legally could have gotten it back. He hasn't driven a car since. The bike has been sitting in the garage untouched for years. It was a spur of the moment decision that unfortunately went very wrong. There was no alcohol involved in this incident, contrary to Mollie's lies.


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