Saturday, February 21, 2015

Today in motorcycle history, February 21, 2003


  Celebrity motorcycle crashes #19:"Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff crashes his Harley-Davidson on Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles.

  David Hasselhoff and his wife, Pamela, were riding on Sepulveda Boulevard aboard his custom-built 2003 Harley-Davidson when they were hit by a gust of wind (seriously). Hasselhoff lost control of the bike and collided with a curb, throwing both of them from the motorcycle. Hasselhoff struck a light pole as his wife landed on the soft shoulder of the road.

  According to Los Angeles police spokesman Jason Lee, David Hasselhoff suffered a fractured lower back and several ribs as well as minor abrasions and contusions. Pamela Hasselhoff suffered possible fractures of her left ankle and right wrist. After a quick 'hair and make-up' they were both taken to nearby UCLA Medical Center for treatment, where both were listed in stable condition, Lee said in a statement.

  A spokesman for Hasselhoff, who starred as the studly Chief Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon on the syndicated hit "Baywatch", could not immediately be reached for comment on the accident.

  "Baywatch" debuted on NBC in 1989 and was canceled after one season. But Hasselhoff and his partners acquired rights to the show and brought it back as a syndicated series in 1991 based on its insane popularity overseas.

  The beach drama also made household names of Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra and Yasmine Bleeth. Okay, maybe not Yasmine.

  David Hasselhoff also starred in the 1980's crime-fighting series "Knight Rider, which featured the uber intelligent 1986 Firebird, "KITT".

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