Physician Killed After Losing Control of His Motorcycle

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Harley motorcycle overturned when physician killed

Physician Thomas Grosch, 53, was killed when he, for reasons not immediately known, lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle, causing it to overturn.

He was pronounced dead at the motorcycle crash scene according to Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

He was traveling north on the freeway, possibly at a high rate of speed, when he was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered massive injuries, said Patrol Officer Tom Miller.  He added that 300 feet of skid marks were discovered on the road.

That day, Grosch, an ear, nose and throat doctor, had just returned to work from a family trip, said Dr. Warren Line, Grosch’s partner. The two have worked together for five years.

“He was just happy to be back,” Line said.

As he headed out the door for his usual ride back home, he zipped up his jacket and told Line, “See you tomorrow.”

Physician’s wife informed partner of the motorcycle accident

Grosch’s wife called Line to inform him about the accident.

Grosch was an experienced and safe motorcyclist, who had been riding since he was kid, said Line.

“Tom was a breath of fresh air,” Line said, adding that he had a good sense of humor and a list of jokes.

“He will be truly missed by his patients and our community,” said Sonia Astrid, a spokeswoman for a hospital that Grosch had once been the chief of surgery at. In her email, she added that hospital staff members were “deeply saddened” by his death.

On his business website, Grosch described himself as conservative with a “strong religious background,” was married to his high-school sweetheart and had three daughters.

“I have no doubt I will see him again,” Line said.

Officers are continuing their investigation of the crash.

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