On October 26, 2010, a motorcyclist died from a fatal motorcycle crash in Orange County. Police say the accident occurred in Buena Park on Beach Boulevard around 3 p.m.
Authorities say that the motorcyclist was riding a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 1400 and traveling at a high speed. He was headed northbound on Beach Boulevard when he sideswiped a 1994 Nissan Maxima and was thrown off his motorcycle. He was then struck by oncoming traffic. This accident took place in front of the Medieval Times restaurant in Buena Park.
The motorcycle driver died on impact, and was later identified as 21-year-old Miguel Gonzalez of Whittier. Police say he was wearing his helmet, but he suffered catastrophic injuries. Police closed down Beach Boulevard from Knott’s Berry Farm to Orangethorpe Avenue for several hours as they investigated the accident scene. The roads around Knott’s Berry Farm and Medieval Times were severely gridlocked, only reopening close to 8 p.m.
Police believe the cause of this crash was excessive speed, as witnesses claim they saw Gonzalez traveling over 100 mph prior to the crash. Unsafe lane changing could have been a factor in this crash as well.
The people in the other vehicles involved in this crash were not injured.
We are saddened to hear of this tragic motorcycle accident, and offer our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Miguel Gonzales.