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San Mateo man killed in motorcycle crash

Original post made on Aug 13, 2008

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office today identified 26-year-old Amandeep Singh Rahul as the man killed in a Tuesday night motorcycle crash north of Los Altos Hills.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 12:50 PM

Comments (36)

Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 13, 2008 at 10:22 am

This is the second fatal crash on the same section of Page Mill Road in the last few weeks. The speed limit on that road is too fast for a road that winds up and down a hill. The speed limit should be reduced to 35mph for the entire length of Oregon and Page Mill between highways 101 and 280. Also, increase patrols, especially near I-280.

Posted by need for speed
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 13, 2008 at 10:48 am

How will lowering a speed limit prevent street racers?

Posted by Revved up
a resident of Gunn High School
on Aug 13, 2008 at 11:09 am

Sally who are you kidding? Lowering the speed limit will do what?

Racers, are doing what? RACING, that is already illegal.

Reckless Driving is already illegal.
Having a speed contest is already illegal.
Driving over the posted speed limit is already illegal.
Modifying emission controls is already illegal.

Unfortunately buying a motorcycle with the intent of "racing on a public roadway" is still legal.

Don't cause problems for the many due to the stupidity of the few.

Posted by awards for stupidity
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Aug 13, 2008 at 1:12 pm

It's time for Darwin Award nominations!

Posted by SpeedKills
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Aug 13, 2008 at 1:56 pm

People come off 280 driving like they are still on a highway.

We've lost count of the number of 'memorials' set up along the road.

Everyone needs to slow down. 35 mph from 280-101 would be a bit severe, but enforcement of current speed limits in the area are certainly called for. The CHP and Santa Clara County Sheriff are welcome out here any time!

Surprised there aren't accidents on a daily basis. We live in the area, and cringe when we hear sirens. We never know if it is another fool driving too fast, or another juvenile from Stanford playing with matches.

Posted by news bu
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 13, 2008 at 2:10 pm

is the weekly reporting on police state fascism in your town and everywhere?

Posted by Huh?
a resident of another community
on Aug 13, 2008 at 2:52 pm

"Rahul was speeding and may have been racing"? Any evidence to back up? You know, I think this is just a product of lazy journalism. And what if he wasn't? Somebody will take a responsibility? Wait, this is just another article that have been duplicated from another source.

Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm

We prefer to think of the Weekly's reporting as the voice of the security state. This sounds so much more benign and acceptable than facist police state, even if it is the same. Condolences to the family of Mr. Rahul.

Posted by 377
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm

I witnessed this tragedy. The rider was going really fast, but I am not sure he was racing another vehicle. He passed me going at least 35-40 mph faster than my 50 mph speed. There was an orange car ahead of him that was also speeding but I am not sure there was a race with two vehicles competing against each other. The curve where he hit the curb of the center divide was very gradual, not sharp at all. He was not sliding or even banked very sharply. He was far to the left and maybe he ran into some gravel near the curb of the center divide which was on his left. He went onto the center section which is mostly dirt and bushes, but hit an aluminum light pole at very high speed. He wrapped the pole and the bike kept going, coming to rest in the opposing lanes without hitting anyone. I stopped and ran over to him. He was crumpled against the pole, head down. He was not breathing. I could not feel any carotid pulse. A medical intern arrived a few seconds later and said she could feel a very weak pulse. A physician arrived about a minute or two later and we carefully turned him over so that CPR could be done. We were worried about spine injuries but he was not breathing and we couldnt do CPR without turning him. His full face helmet, which we had to remove to do CPR, was intact but showed damage. He showed almost no visible injuries. No external bleeding, no major lacerations. He received skilled medical help really quickly, but he could not be revived. Paramedics arrived soon and they took over. They worked really hard trying to save him using oxygen, CPR, EKG, an airway tube and all sorts of gear, but could not revive him. At least it was instant death. He did not suffer any pain. It was just so incredibly sad to see a young man die.

Posted by Tim
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 13, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Another story of "too much bike", speed and not knowing your limitations. I'm so glad my son sold his "rice rocket".

Posted by Vik Singh
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:28 pm

377 thank you for the detailed discription. Aman was my first cousin and our whole family is in shock. I appreciate all that you did for Aman and will forward your detailed discription to his wife, 3 year old son and mother. Aman was 26 and he loved his bike.

Vik Singh

Posted by neighbor
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Condolences to the Rahul/Singh family. Sad to lose such a young family member.

Posted by you people find joy in nothing
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm

I'm sure somewhere in woodside, someone is thinking that a cyclist is to blame for all of this. Then they rode there horse off to starbucks.

If we just passed like a ton of laws no one would ever die ever. We should pass a law against dying too.

All joking aside, my deepest sympathies to the families involved.

Posted by NavSingh
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Aman was a great guy and loved bikes, he was a family man very loving, caring, a great father, husband & son, he was good with everybody, there was not one bad thing anyone can ever say about him. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten, I will always remember the moments i spent with him over the past few years, RIP my brother, you will be forever missed!

Posted by shay
a resident of Monroe Park
on Aug 14, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Aman was a wonderful man, always entertaining and in good spirits. this is SUCH a tragedy.. he will be missed everyday.. he does not know how much this has affected my husband and i and we will never forget the person he was. My condolences to his family, especially his wife and 3 year old son. may his soul rest in paradise... we are very shocked about this..

Posted by sad..
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 14, 2008 at 7:56 pm

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aman, you are so missed.. wish you were still here..

Posted by paula
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

my prayers and thoughts are with your family. I understand the pain you are going through, my boyfriend (27 years old) past away in a similar motorcycle accident on 101 3 months ago. I'm so sorry

Posted by Brother Rider/Family Friend
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 16, 2008 at 11:15 am

Hey Stupidity,

Maybe you are the one that has the issues, actually you are the one it....what is it? IT is the desenistized idiots who read the headlines or see something on tv and believe every word as if it was the letter of the law. Good job buddy, did you have to look what "Darwinism" is or did you get that knowledge with your GED? Judging others by what you read in a newspaper, online or see in the that is stupid, show a little humantiy and compassion, a good human being passed away. Typical ignorance, hope you feel big about yourself.
Thank you '377' for setting being accurate and setting the record straight as to the events. Also Thank you '377', the nurse and physician for being the type of worldly citizens that we need more of, your compassion and acions are greatly appreciated.

My Condolences to the family, Mrs. Rahul and little Rahul.

Posted by Happy Singh
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Today was Amans Funeral, and was the most emotional thing that I have ever seen. Aman was in the U.S Marine Corp and had a military type funeral for serving his country, that’s right all you freakin idiots out there talking shit, he served the United States of America to protect you assholes that are talking crap. His wife is in a state of shock and has not said a word since the news. His mother is unbelievably emotional ( Aman was 26 years old) I would be emotional to. His 3 year old child does not know whats going on. His mother in law was continuously crying and kept repeating that she did not lose a son in-law but lost a son.

Amans services were at oconnels chapel, he was cremated at skyline cemetery, and his prayers were said afterwards at a gurdwara (temple) in San Jose.

Now for all the fuck fucks idiots out there that say that he was racing. Aman was not racing when he wrecked, yes he might have been speeding (Who doesn’t speed on a Bike) but he was not racing. It was his time, and god just put some gravel on the road to call him up there. All these bullshit assumptions need to stop now. Aman wrecked on page mill rd which is a long stretch of road from 101 to 280. Anyone on a bike would like to ride that road. Aman was a professional rider with 8 years experience behind his back so all those that are assuming he was a rookie need to get there shit straight. I am tired of all the bull shit that I have been reading on these forms and needed to put the shit straight.

Happy Singh

Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Happy Singh, I am very, very, sorry for your loss, but am appalled that you would condone the activity (speeding) that killed your friend (speeding). You exaggerate when you say that everyone speeds on a bike. That is not true. If you think it's true, then you need to rethink your own habits.

You are using your grief and emotion to rationalize the stupidity (speeding) that caused this tragedy. Get a grip on yourself, grow up, and learn from your dear friend's mistake, so that your loved ones don't have to live through the same needless tragedy.

My heart goes out to your friend's family and friends.

It's about time that we put power limits on motorcycles, many of which are ridiculously overpowered, and that anyone who can afford one can buy. It's outrageous that we let manufacturers get away with this! Speed kills!

Posted by San Mateo family
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Thank you for everyone's input on this tragedy, the persons that helped Aman when he was trying to be revived thank you. Also comments by 377 are greatly appreciated' if it was not for your comment we as the family woyuld not know the real truth to what his life was like in his last moments on this earth.

Posted by Aman's Uncle "Chacha"
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2008 at 11:34 pm

I just wanted to say that I am Aman's Uncle who used to put Aman to sleep on my chest when he was a baby. Aman was the first born in our family and was the oldest cousin. Today was Aman's funereral, and even though I have attended many funerals in our family due to age, I would have to say that this was the biggest funeral and best service that I have seen. Aman is my beloved nephew and I tried to raise him as if he was my own son. I am currently a father of two children. What I want to point out today is that it's not worthwhile to "judge" people from what they read from the paper or an article. A rational person would consider the facts before making a determination of any sort. Reading multiple articles, the stories are conflicting and I question the reporters or the writers of these articles. If they would do their jobs properly before reporting, things would be more clear. People at times forget that only the facts should be reported. Currently, there are no facts in terms of what happened, if Aman was indeed racing, if it was an accident, or if there is something more to the story. Aman was a family man who adored his wife and his child. He loved being a father. My only wish is that more people that witnessed this accident or was near it, would post and provide some sort of information or details as to what took place that day. Post by "377"... thank you for your efforts in helping him and I would sincerely love to meet you to shake your hand and say thank you in person. Because I as well as my brother, Aman's Dad, and Aman's brother, really want to know what happened, we would really appreciate any one contacting us at "". May Aman rest in peace... I love son...

Posted by a friend of a friend
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2008 at 12:33 pm

To Aman's family, My God give your strength to be strong and to be able to move on with your life as best as possible and my gods angles help him through this time as well!
This story has touched me from a far and I'm sorry that people feel entitled to make judgements due to speed or non sense when they weren't even there (its their plain ignorance!! Just thank god your not those stupied people!). We have been riding and know all it takes is a rock in the road for you to lose control.
Thats besides the point. The most important thing is to remember his life, is most happiest moments. I saw the picture attached above and in seeing it, it brought tears to my eyes. I'm so so sorry. I know how it is to lose people you love when you don't expect it. May he rest in peace.

People stop making rant/rude/&ignorant comments, for you do not know what pain you cause!!!! think please

Posted by Singh friend
a resident of Woodside
on Aug 20, 2008 at 12:23 am

I just want say one thing GOD CALLED HIM IT WAS HIS LAST DAY AND LAST MINUTE so no matter where he would have been it would have happened anyway so lets pray for him to rest in peace. I have read all the comments and now lets stop and pray for him.
Thank you all for support>

Posted by 377
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 21, 2008 at 9:12 am

To Aman's Uncle "Chacha",

I saw the accident happen and was at Aman's side within twenty seconds. I sent an email to you at the address you posted: If you or your family want any further information about the accident or Aman's condition immediately after, just reply. Rest assured that Aman didn't even feel one second of pain.

Your story about putting baby Aman to sleep on your chest brought tears to my eyes. My condolences go out to you and his entire family.

Posted by interested
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2008 at 5:09 pm

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Posted by Ash
a resident of Woodside
on Sep 4, 2008 at 10:46 am

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Aman was not only a wonderful man he was a wonderful father, son-in-law, brother, husband, and son. People have passion for stuff, Aman's passion was riding motorcycles, alright.

Posted by san mateo
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by mad singh
a resident of Woodside
on Sep 7, 2008 at 7:41 pm


Posted by Interested
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2008 at 11:11 pm

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Posted by Aman's Wife
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:19 pm

"Interested" - You seem like a pretty old person...Therefore, you should have plenty of experience and should know better than to talk ill of someone you didn't even know. Aman was 26 yrs old, I'm 25 and we have a 2 yr. old son - AMAN was indeed a great person, he was a wonderful husband and father! I believe you weren't near him when the accident happened, correct? I wasn't either! I myself don't know what happend, we should not speculate. Someone very dear to us was taken by this tragic accident. Yes, he was speeding, who doesn't? No one can say they haven't sped in their lifetime. According to witnesses who were actually there (unlike others who only know how to run their mouths without knowing exactly what occured), he wasn't going as fast as the media is saying - media always exagerates! There were other things that took place which caused this accident to take place - so please, think before you open you're mouth! There is no reason for you to speak the way you are speaking about MY HUSBAND! You say you drive a motorcycle... you of all people should know that the road itself and other drivers are the most dangerous thing for a rider!! Aman was never involved in a traffic collision (just like you), he had a perfect record, he wanted to be a sheriff, he was in the Marines, he was a college graduate and him and his partners had just signed the papers for their auto dealership on Fri. 8/8/08; the doors were supposed to open on Mon. 8/18/08 - FOR A 26 YEAR OLD, HE WAS VERY BRIGHT AND HAD ALOT OF THINGS GOING FOR HIM! HE HAD ACCOMPLISHED MORE THAN MOST 26 YEAR OLDS THESE DAYS - DON'T YOU THINK??? How many things were you able to accomplish by 26? What it all comes down to is that if this was his fault, he would have suffered, but HE DIDN'T - it was instant death. GOD ONLY TAKES THE BEST!

Posted by ananymous
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Aman's wife:

I'm not talking ill of your late husband. However, single vehicle motorcycle crases are caused by rider error in 92% of the incidents. Road hazards and animals make up the rest of the incidents.

Your late husband was not struck by another vehicle and was speeding(proved out by the witnesses above, who places his speed at 85-90 mph, also states there was no other vehicle seen). There were no "other things" that caused this accident to happen, only the carelessness and recklessness of your late husband. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Aman's wife
a resident of another community
on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by fellow rider
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 4, 2008 at 2:01 am

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

aman's wife - i'm sorry for your loss. don't pay attention to what others have to say, you knew your husband like no one else and that's the only thing that matters. it's very unfortunate that there are people like the individual above in this world but that's life - there's good and evil in this world! it seems these days there more evil than good, people who shouldn't die die and people who should die don't!!!

Posted by WTF
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 16, 2008 at 7:46 am


As driving fast...maybe he was... but this does not mean he didnt care about his family or friends...there are lots of times when we as an individual feel that we have control of something...and later realize we sure every single person talking has experinced that....and that may have been what happened in Amans case...he was driving fast thinking that he has a control of his bike....and he didnt. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by American
a resident of another community
on Sep 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Semper Fi

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