According to the California Department of Transportation, 50% of all crashes happen at intersections. Yahoo! News reports that a renowned Beverly Hills artist is lucky to be alive after a three-vehicle crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.
Stephen Levey, 55, was riding his motorcycle along PCH and was waiting at a light at an intersection in Malibu when a stolen SUV blew through a red light, T-boning a pickup truck.
Levey had his video camera on when it captured the moment the Lexus SUV struck the pickup, the force of the impact sending the truck onto its side and on top of Levy. Miraculously, both Stephen Levy and the pickup truck driver survived the crash.
Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that the driver of the Lexus ignored the light at a high rate of speed, causing the fiery crash.
The driver of the stolen SUV was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stephen Levy, a sixth-generation Angelino, a well-known Los Angeles artist whose murals are found on buildings throughout the city, bears no anger toward the deceased driver. However, he wants to know who is responsible for what happened to him.
Levey was taken to Cedars-Sinai, suffering a punctured lung, leg injuries, several broken ribs, a broken elbow, and a hand that had to be surgically reconstructed as well as possible. Levey’s road to recovery is likely to be long, and his medical bills are mounting.
Stephen and his attorneys have learned that the unidentified driver of the Lexus had just been released from rehab, and authorities have not ruled out possible intoxication by alcohol and/or drugs.
Because he currently cannot work, a GoFundMe has been set up for Stephen to supplement what his insurance company won’t pay. So far, Angelinos have been very generous.
When asked if he would ever ride his motorcycle again, “If I don’t do it, I am going to regret it for the rest of my life. I try never to let fear make my decisions, Levey said. “This guy has taken enough from me, and I’m not also going to let him take this.”