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Jason Kramer - September 1, 2006

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O C Register:
Friday, September 1, 2006
13-year-old Irvine boy dies when his bicycle is struck by SUV
The accident happened this morning at Michelson Drive and Butler Street.
The Orange County Register

IRVINE – A boy was killed this morning when his bicycle was struck by an SUV in an accident that police are still investigating.

Jason Kramer, 13, of Irvine, was wearing a helmet when he was hit at about 9 a.m. at the intersection of Michelson Drive and Butler Street, Irvine police Lt. Rick Handfield said. The Mercedes SUV was driven by an unidentified 53-year-old woman. Jason was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he died of his injuries.

"We do not suspect that drugs, alcohol or excessive speed were involved," Handfield said. "I just know (the driver) is tragically upset about the accident. It's just a real sad event," Handfield said.

The accident is being investigated, Handfield said. Anyone with information is asked to contact detective Jonathan Cherney at 949-724-7024.

LA Times:
Boy, 13, on Bicycle Collides With Car, Dies

From Times Staff and Wire Reports
September 2, 2006

A 13-year-old died Friday after the bicycle he was riding collided with a car at Michelson Drive and Butler Street.

Neither the boy, who was taken to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, nor the driver, a 53-year-old Irvine woman, was identified by police.

The cause of the accident, which occurred shortly before 9 a.m., is under investigation, said Det. Jonathan Cherney of the Irvine Police Department.

Witnesses are asked to call (949) 724-7024.

OC Register:

Friday, November 17, 2006
Irvine home to dangerous crossroads
Report: Culver Drive/Michelson Drive intersection is worst in Irvine.

The Orange County Register

IRVINE – Increasing traffic, recurring driving violations and high speed limits have made the intersection of Culver and Michelson drives the most dangerous in the city.

According to the city's most recent data, in 2004 the intersection had 12 traffic accidents – the highest in the city.

Those figures, and the death of 13-year-old Jason Kramer near the intersection in September, have prompted residents to ask the city to make the area safer. The City Council, in response, asked staff to study the intersection and report back in mid-December.

The problem:
Holly Demetrescu, president of the nearby University Park Homeowners Association, said the intersection and surrounding area have several problems. Those include:

• Merging and driveways are two problems on Michelson near the intersection. Two lanes quickly drop to one lane in the same area as a bus stop and two driveways – one for a gas station and the other for a shopping center.

• Illegal left turns being made out of the shopping center onto Michelson.

• No signal across Michelson between the Wholesome Choice food market and residences.

• Pedestrians not seen in a crosswalk near the market.

• Speed limits are too high on Michelson's west side at 45 mph.

• U-turns made in medians on Culver before the intersection.

• High volume of traffic and lack of parking because of nearby UCI and Park West.

What's next:

City staff has been working on the intersection for several years – adding a right-turn lane on Culver, installing lights in the crosswalk and changing the signal timing.

But issues still exist and Cindy Krebbs, the city's manager of transit and transportation, is working with residents and staff on new solutions.

"We're willing to talk about anything because we drive by it every day. You take your life in your hands to go through that intersection," Demetrescu said.
Contact the writer: 949-553-2911 or

MEMORIAL: Jason Kramer, 13, was killed in
September when he was hit by a car while
riding his bike along Michelson.
OC Register:

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Jason remembered through music
Family of 'musical genius' is donating instruments in memory of their son who died in September


Jason Kramer's love for music will live on for years to come. At least that's what parents of the teenage musician and student who died in September hope.

Using donation from Jason's memorial fund, Dan and Lucy Kramer are donating $1,000 each year on Jason birthday, Feb. 21, to buy instruments for students in need. He would have been 14 years old last week.

"Jason was a musical genius," Dan Kramer, Jason's father, said. "Hopefully, this will help someone in need."

The Kramers will donate $1,000 for five years toward Irvine Public School Foundation's instrument rental program that will be used to purchase violins, one of the several instruments played by the Kramers' only child.

The violins – at least four purchased every year to begin with – will be targeted to the 100 or so students who financially have trouble renting an instrument every year. Each year, the foundation rents more than 1,000 instruments to students in Irvine Unified, with proceeds going back into music programs across the district.

A plaque will adorn each violin in memory of Jason.

"We're looking at the kids that can't really afford it," Dan said. "We're hoping we turn someone else onto the violin just like Jason did."

Jason began playing violin in fourth grade at Vista Verde. He excelled at it, Dan said, and soon picked up the trombone, the drums and the piano. His musical genius can be heard in a CD he made a month before he was killed after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Michelson Drive.

Jason made the CD, available at Jim's Music, using a synthesizer he began playing six months before he died. He performed more than 20 of his favorites – "Layla" by Eric Clapton, "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin and "Let it Be" by The Beatles – as well as original compositions. Dan has made and given away about 700 copies of the CD so far.

The family has also decided to purchase and donate a new piano to Rancho San Joaquin Middle School to replace the school's piano from 1974. Also, the school's PTA donated $500 to Jason's fund, have displayed memorials at school events and will dedicate a full page in the yearbook for Jason, said assistant principal Scott Bowman.

"Jason was a wonderful musician," he said. "He was very well liked, and a really nice, young man."

Several friends posted birthday wishes on Jason's MySpace Web site Feb. 21. One reads: "Happy birthday! Today I wore your favorite color, red … I listened to your CD all day, it made me so sad."

The foundation will honor Jason at the Donald Bren Honors Concerts on March 13 and March 20. The concert features about 600 student musicians in the district.

"He just seemed like a very remarkable human being. It just breaks your heart," said Jaimee Niles, foundation chief development officer. "It's a beautiful tribute. It's the right thing to do."

Jason's memorial fund has amounted about $15,000 so far, Dan said. The family will donate $1,000 in March to the Children's Hospital of Orange County's Cancer Institute – Jason was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4.

"This fund is going to do some good," Dan said.
Contact the writer: or 949-553-2913


Jason Kramer, a 13-year-old musician, died after being hit by a car
while riding his bike in September. His parents are donating musical
instruments to Irvine Unified students and schools.

COURTESY OF THE KRAMER FAMILY - published in OC Register

To Donate

o To OCCF/Jason Kramer Memorial Fund, 4 Mayapple Way, Irvine, 92612.
o To Jaimee Niles at Irvine Public Schools Foundation, at
o At Jim's Music and pick up Jason's CD, also available by contacting Dan Kramer at the address above.
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