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UPDATE: Dead Motorcyclist Identified as Walnut Creek Man

James Peeff died late Wednesday night after he crashed his motorcycle into a minivan at the intersection of Murrieta Boulevard and Holmes Street in Livermore.

A motorcyclist who was killed late Wednesday after he crashed while speeding past a police officer has been identified as Walnut Creek-resident James Peeff, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Coroner's Office.

Peeff, 25, was pronounced dead shortly after 11:50 p.m. when emergency crews found him pinned underneath a minivan at the intersection of Murrieta Boulevard and Holmes Street.

Sgt. Keith Graves said Peeff was seen minutes earlier speeding near the Holmes and Second streets area. An officer attempted to pull him over, but he sped off.

"It happened so fast," Graves said. "The officer was unable to turn his lights and siren on before (the motorcyclist) blew off."

The motorcyclist zipped southbound on Holmes Street and ran past a red light, T-boning a green minivan that was traveling eastbound on Murrieta Boulevard, Graves said.

"He was easily going 90 plus," Graves said of motorcyclist.

Peeff, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from his motorcycle and pinned underneath the minivan. He was not licensed to ride a motorcycle, police said.

A woman driving the minivan suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. There was no one else in her vehicle.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor to this collision, police said. An investigation is ongoing, and anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Livermore Police Traffic Unit at 925-371-4850.

The intersection of where the collision occurred was closed until approximately 4:30 a.m. Thursday due to the investigation. This was the second fatal motorcycle crash in Livermore this year and the fourth motor vehicle fatality of the year.

Livermore Patch will update this story as more information is made available.

Generation X Citizen December 30, 2011 at 09:09 PM
I feel bad for the victim in the minivan too. How would any of you like to be the recipient of a person carelessly speeding and colliding into your vehicle. Must have been tragic for her. I bet she will suffering from this as well. For a long time.
Chris W December 30, 2011 at 11:15 PM
James was a great friend and will be missed deeply. He took his dads passing very hard as most would and made a mistake which took his life. I will see you on the otherside buddy. R.I.P
Patricia Glenny French December 30, 2011 at 11:35 PM
You are so right , Rachel, the family has been through so much, and it is very hard to read some of these comments. May James find the peace he has been seeking and I am sure his Dad is there with him.
Robert December 31, 2011 at 12:53 AM
apparently you and PACKNRAT are of the same brain power. Show a little respect!
Tina webster December 31, 2011 at 01:19 AM
I also knew James and his family, what a wonderful loving family, and he was, grieving for his Daddy, who was a great Dad!!.. I will miss u James!!
PJ December 31, 2011 at 01:33 AM
You spelled his name wrong. It's Poeff, pronounced peef. Get your facts straight, that's your number one job. James' father just passed away this summer. James had been in and out of jail a couple of times. Not society's best, but he did have a heart.
PJ December 31, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Geez, get your facts right. His name is Peoff, pronounced peef. Sadly, his father just passed away this last summer. James was in jail a couple of times, not society's best, but he did have a heart.
PJ December 31, 2011 at 01:38 AM
That is in no way a pursuit, just over dramatization by the "press". They spelled is name wrong too, it's Poeff. Very sad quality for a "news paper".
PJ December 31, 2011 at 01:42 AM
I understand what you're saying, and I appreciate your sympathy, but he could have easily killed someone with his recklessness. James has been in jail for using drugs, and we can't jump to a conclusion here, but he has a record of bad decisions. I knew him, and am sorry he's gone, but actions have consequences.
G December 31, 2011 at 03:22 AM
We are all products of our life experience, its how we deal with those experiences that makes us who we are. James was a person of great character and a loving heart. He would never intentionally set out to hurt anyone. We all make choices, some good and some bad, in this case his choice cost him his life. Is it really necessary for those of you to speak disparagingly of someone you don't know? What does it achieve? Yes, we are entitled to our own opinions but what if someone you loved died and people you didn't know said hurtful things about that person? Would that make you feel good? James made mistakes, we all do. None of us are perfect but those mistakes did not make him a bad person. Those of us who knew and loved James know that he was a good person, who had a big heart and who was loving and kind. James touched a lot of our lives with his kind spirit, his beautiful smile and the love he expressed in his relationships with family and friends. To those of you who choose to pass judgement on someone you clearly don't know, just keep in mind that when we die it is the people we loved and the people who loved us that is our legacy. Have you ever made a mistake you wish you could take back? Do you love and are you loved? What will be your legacy? In truth, it doesn't matter what you negative people think or say. It is your total disregard for the feelings of people he left behind that makes your public disdain so hurtful.
Joey David December 31, 2011 at 04:06 AM
Wow Pj... You didnt know him at all. Its spelled PEEFF pronounced Pay-EFF I promise. You made yourself look silly.
Bryon Bruce December 31, 2011 at 06:12 AM
Please, show some class, the comments are tasteless.
Shilo December 31, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Would everyone please just agree to drive a little safer tonight and every night? My kids and my husband and I will be on the road tonight. Lets all try to just obey the laws of the road. This is a tragic death that seems like it could have been avoided and the experience is imprinted on our collective community soul. 5 years ago the opposite happened and an SUV Tboned my cousin's motocycle. In that case she had a bac 3x the amount and swore she never saw the red light let alone the bike. The pain isnt any easier than when it happened back then as it wont for the friends and family of James. The life of this stranger has inspired me to be more appreciative of my life, feel more protective of my own children and made me vow to be a more aware driver and pay specific attention to bikes especially at night. James I am sure you were met by your father which I hope brought you peace. Happy New Year Patch Readers and lets be good to everyone on and off the road!
Chris W December 31, 2011 at 05:01 PM
James, I will never forget the good times we had. Now you are gone but you will never be forgotten. Those of you with negative comments should keep them to yourselves.
Duncan Baughman January 01, 2012 at 01:38 AM
james i love you and miss you.. its not the same without you. although you were in pain i know you died happy.. you were missing your dad, you are with eachother now brother.. james did construction worked for my dads company for 2 years.. he recently worked in livermore changeing tires. all he wanted was to have a baby.. start a family.... i love and miss you buddy R.I.P JAMES THOMAS PEEFF..
Brenda January 01, 2012 at 05:44 AM
I'm sorry you had to leave this life you being so young. I hope you find peace and happiness where you are now. Your family, friends, and loved ones will miss you terribly.
Lindsay January 02, 2012 at 01:48 AM
PACKNRAT JAMES WAS A RIDER HE DIED DOING THE THING THAT HE LOVED THE MOST! AND YOU ARE WRONG ABOUT THE NO GEAR PART JAMES HAD TOP OF THE LINE GEAR ON, THERE IS NO NEED FOR YOUR INCONSIDERATE REMARKS TO MY GOOD FRIEND. YOU DID NOT KNOW HIM AT ALL SO THERE FOR WHO ARE YOU TO WRITE SOMETHING LIKE THIS ABOUT HIM, EVEN IF HE DID DRIVE WITH NO LICENSE HIS FAMILY AND ALL OF US FRIENDS ARE THE ONES WHO LOST A LOVED ONE! THIS WAS NOT AT ALL SUICIDE JAMES LOVED HIS LIFE AND HE LOVED HIS BIKE. AND YES SAD HIS MOM AND SISTER AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BURY HIM ON FRIDAY BUT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HIS LIFE AND WHAT HE WAS GOING THROUGH, AND NO IT IS NOT A GOOD THING HE WILL NEVER BE A DAD JAMES LOVED KIDS AND WANTED NOTHING MORE THAN TO HAVE HIS OWN HE WOULD HAVE MADE AN AMAZING FATHER! AS I HAVE SEEN THE WAY HE TAKES CAR OF KIDS HE HAS A HUGE HEART. YOU THINK YOU ARE SO COOL RIDING A 18 WHEEL TRUCK BUT LAST TIME I CHECKED RIDERS DONT RIDE TRUCKS THE RIDE BIKES SO YOU MY FRIEND ARE NO RIDER BUT JAMES, JAMES WAS A RIDER. YOUR 18 WHEEL TRUCK CAN NOT EVEN COMPARE TO HIS 2 DUCATIS AND HIS HONDA. SO TAKE YOUR IGNORANCE AND STOP TALKING ON THIS THING ABOUT MY FRIEND FOR YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE SAYING THE THINGS YOU ARE JAMES THOMAS PEEFF I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU RIGHT NOW BUDDY! I WISH IT YOU WERE HERE HANGING OUT WITH ALL OF US AGAIN BUT REMEMBER WE ALL LOVE YOU KEEP LOOKING DOWN WHILE WE LOOK UP. LOVE YOUR JAMES.! REST IN PARADISE.
Alanna Sanchez January 02, 2012 at 02:05 AM
He was only 25 overcame alot and was still going through alot , and No one deserves to die , you are not God so what give's you the right to judge . He was a great person and we are human and we all make mistake's his was fatel unfortunatly. I love James Peeff like he was a brother , he was a great guy and a genuine person . If you have nothing nice to say , don't say anything at all .
Alanna Sanchez January 02, 2012 at 02:12 AM
James is a real person , and alway's will be
Lindsay January 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM
DUNCAN! IT LINDSAY =) I MISS JAMES SO MUCH TOO! WE TALK ABOUT THIS EVERY DAY BUT EVERY DAY IS NOT THE SAME NEW YEARS WAS NO JOY AT ALL FOR US AS WE ALL LOOKED AS IF SOMETHING WAS MISSING BECAUSE SOMETHING/SOMEONE WAS MISSING IT WAS JAMES! I WISH WE COULD DO ANYTHING TO BRING HIM BACK BECAUSE I WOULD AND I AM ALSO RIGHT THERE WITH YOU, WITH PROTECTING HIS STUFF. I HOPE WE CAN GET HIS RED BIKE TOGETHER AND GET IT BLASTED LIKE YOU HAD SAID BECAUSE THAT IS SOMETHING HE WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE. I MISS HIM A TON AND IT'S HARD TO BE ALONE BECAUSE I JUST CANT STOP THINKING ABOUT HIM AND D I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT HE LOVED YUH AND I THINK NOW IS THE TIME FOR NOT ONLY YOU BUT YOU ME TRAVIS AND ALL HIS OTHER FRIENDS TO MAKE A CHANGE WITH OUR LIFES FOR HIM, WE MAY NOT HAVE SHIT RIGHT NOW AND ITS EVEN HARDER BECAUSE WE ARE GOING THROUGH PAIN BUT I THINK WE SHOULD ALL STOP AND THINK AND JUST BE THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER RIGHT NOW AND ALL CHANGE OUR LIVES FOR JAMES, CUS THAT WOULD MAKE HIM SO PROUD WE ALL KNOW IT. AND JUST KEEP LOOKING UP WHEN YOUR SAD, CUS BUDDY HE IS UP THERE LOOKING DOWN ON US. IF NOT FOR OURSELVES RIGHT NOW LETS DO IT FOR JAMES LETS ALL STICK TOGETHER AND HELP EACHOTHER CHANGE OUR WAYS FOR HIM! YOU DOWN?! LOVE YOU BUDDY!
Livermore Resident January 03, 2012 at 01:17 AM
First of all, I think we should all ignore those who leave negative comments. It is a response they are looking for. Lets not feed into it. I live in the area where this accident happened. We heard the crash, and ran outside within seconds of it happening. It was a very sad incident, one that has changed my life forever. For the friends and family of James, I hope you find peace in remembering the many memories you were privileged to have with him throughout his life. I can tell you, not that it made a difference, but we stood outside nearby, until he was taken away. The officers were running around doing their job, and I felt like James was just there, alone. I wanted to stay nearby, as if to let him know he wasn't there alone after all. That someone, other than one working the scene, was there with him. I prayed for him, and his family. At one point I looked up, and saw the biggest, brightest falling star I've ever seen. It was a very neat moment. In all the sadness, it was almost a sign, that James was okay. It's amazing how someone you never met has such an impact on your life. In the future, with every falling star, I will think of you James Peeff.
Trudy January 03, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Thank you for the amazing post. Thank you for being there for James and for the prayers for his family. I think that is the very best thing for him and his family prayers and support. Thank you again for sharing your uplifting and heartfelt experience it is greatly appreciated.
Trudy January 03, 2012 at 03:57 PM
2:41 pm on Friday, December 30, 2011 I personally have never had to suffer the pain of losing a parent; and no one knows what James was feeling or thinking. It is an absolute tragedy that he lost his life, I am positive that James never had the intention to hurt anyone. His family is devistated, and I am positive if anyone else had to plan two family funerals in one year, you really wouldn't need the added agony of reading or hearing people tear down the loved one you recently just lost. He was a son, a brother, and an uncle, he loved and was loved. Please try to remember we all make mistakes, some greater than others, please try not judge to harshly.
Kim Dimock January 06, 2012 at 06:35 AM
I met James the night before and we bonded right away as both our dads passed 9 days apart. It was odvious that his father's passing was still very much on his mind but he looked forward to the future. He seemed like such a good guy, very respectful, with a love for motorcycles! He asked me to dinner, and I would have gone had it not been so late and for his motorcycle. RIP James, you're with your father now..xo
Clayboy July 04, 2012 at 06:23 AM
PJ, my name is Nicholas, & we haven't met each other yet. But I'd be thrilled to be in your presence, especially after those retarded comments! When you correct someone, it's when they're wrong & you're right! "He had HEART", is the only thing that was acceptable to type! He was an incredible Friend! have tons of story's when James & I did something that was nothing short of extraordinary! Thing is, I won't have that wholesome sincere deliverence in storytelling, for I have to speak my mind now about what I have just witnessed! Usually that negativty is all yours to cherish but given the circumstances....there are people grieving, and just because you don't have feelings bother to share a story with you! True he got himself into a bit of trouble at times, but those acts stand alone in time, as do the good deeds! You have some issues, & the kind that are pointless to talk out with you. That thick head of yours probably is so over-riddled with insecurities, your need to bad mouth James after this tragedy is appalling! Those comments you left, were rude, senceless, & unforgivable, and that act will TOO stand alone in time! Maybe you'll catch a whiff of your stank, and decide reform that ugly character of yours. For that ugly personality you're forever cursed with, at the end of your graceless trip called life, I wish you a horrible death marked by pain, suffering, and more suffering! smile at that BITCH!
Clayboy July 04, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Well put!
Clayboy July 04, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Better yet, Clay Bourdo is still alive, say these negative comments to my face! James is clearly better than all of you with any critisizm, clearly any attempt to critisize a Dead person is not only shallow, but deserves a reality check of cosmic proportions!
Clayboy July 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM
James had lots & lots of close friends & family. Many of us are still devastated, there isn't any coming back to life, It's always going make my heart drop when the lovely James comes to mind. Why do you people insist on leaving comments about someone you never knew. lets keep it real, my number is (925)594-0336, You don't know me, just like James! Why don't you run your mouth at someone still around! We should make some time meet up, so I can take your rotten ass out back like the sack of garbage you are. You can really benefit from a personality reform. You're comments about my beloved brother won't ever be necessary, Who the fuck asked you? What gave you the nerve to offer your lame analysis to all his friends & family? So now I now will officially won't care if you die as well! Believe my thoughts & feelings won't be shared with your family, like you did. Was that act of shallowness necessary?
Clayboy July 04, 2012 at 12:46 PM
PJ & Packnrat passionately disscluded, I'm sending my love & thank you's to these kind messages everyone wrote! I sincerely appreciate the Good intentions.
Clayboy July 04, 2012 at 12:49 PM
What a sweet & sincere message!! Thank you kindly....

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