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Officials Say Fatal Orange County Motorcycle Accident is One of the Worst They Have Seen


Four people were killed in a fatal head-on motorcycle accident in the Modjeska Canyon area of Orange County on July 7. CBS Los Angeles identifies the four riders who died in this horrific crash as Regina Michelle Crowder, 48, of Fountain Valley; Jon Michael Schwarz, 50, of Tustin; David Mark Terman, 59, of Santa Ana; and Edith Mae Hegy, 62, of Elko, Nevada.

The accident reportedly occurred when a Harley Davidson motorcycle carrying two people on East Santiago Canyon Road swerved into oncoming traffic on a blind curve to get round a car. It slammed into a Honda motorcycle heading in the opposite direction. California Highway Patrol officials said it’s the worst motorcycle crash they’ve seen in a while. Neighbors say the road is very popular with motorcyclists because riders enjoy long stretches of roadways without traffic lights or stop signs. There are several warnings posted on the road because of the prior deadly collisions.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of motorcycle fatalities went from 2,320 in 1994 to 5,286 in 2016. From 2015 to 2016, the number of deaths increased 6 percent, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). California ranks in the top 15 of the 50 states when it comes to motorcycle accident deaths.

Motorcycle deaths in California accounted for 15.1 percent of total motor vehicle deaths in 2016. That year, 566 motorcyclists were killed in California, which was an 11 percent increase from 494 deaths in 2015, according to the state California Department of Motor Vehicles. That doesn’t include the 14,400 motorcyclists who were injured.

If You Have Been Injured

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. An experienced Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to help victims and families fight for their rights and secure maximum compensation for their losses.



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