Motorcyclist Fatally Struck at Traffic Light in Alleged DUI Incident in Fullerton [Orange County, CA]

Orange County, CA (June 14, 2024)- Motorcyclist Fatally Struck at Traffic Light: In a somber incident in Orange County, a motorcyclist tragically lost his life after being struck by a vehicle driven by Francisco Garcia-Vargas, a man suspected of DUI and driving without a license.

The crash occurred around 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of Orangethorpe Avenue and Gilbert Street, where the Fullerton Police Department responded to reports of a traffic collision.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the harrowing scene where a 1999 BMW 323i had collided with a black 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The impact was severe, and the unidentified motorcycle rider was found east of the intersection, pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcyclist was stationary at a red light when the BMW, traveling at an unchanged speed, failed to stop or maneuver around the motorcycle, leading to a catastrophic rear-end collision.

Motorcyclist Fatally Struck at Traffic Light in Alleged DUI Incident in Orange County
The intersection of Orangethorpe Avenue and Gilbert Street where a motorcyclist, waiting at a traffic light, was fatally struck by a driver suspected of DUI

 The force of the crash was so intense that the motorcycle was wedged underneath the front of the BMW, which continued to drag it along Orangethorpe Avenue for a considerable distance.

Witnesses to the horrifying incident followed the BMW and detained the driver, later identified as 44-year-old Francisco Garcia-Vargas, until police arrived.

Video footage recorded shortly after the collision shows Garcia-Vargas stumbling during a field sobriety test, leading to his arrest on multiple charges including driving without a license, felony driving under the influence, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

In a related event during the ongoing investigation, a police cruiser blocking traffic was struck by a motorist driving a Tesla in self-drive mode. Fortunately, an officer standing near the vehicle managed to jump out of the way in time, avoiding injury. The police car, however, was left with substantial front-end damage.

The aftermath of such incidents often raises questions about the compensation available to the victims and their families.

In cases involving DUI and wrongful death, survivors may be eligible for various forms of compensation, including but not limited to medical expenses incurred before the victim’s death, funeral and burial costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer and prevent future negligence.

At Crockett Law Group, our dedicated team of legal experts specializes in handling cases of this nature. We understand the immense emotional and financial toll these tragic events can have on the families of the victims.

Our firm is committed to ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive the full compensation you are entitled to under the law. We navigate the complexities of the legal system with compassion and diligence, advocating fiercely on your behalf to hold the responsible parties accountable.

Our approach includes a thorough investigation of the crash circumstances, collaboration with forensic experts to reconstruct the accident scene, and aggressive representation in court if necessary. We also handle negotiations with insurance companies to secure settlements that reflect the gravity of your loss.

Our law firm extends our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the victim who are mourning the loss of their loved one.

It’s important to have experienced wrongful death lawyers on your side when losing a loved one in a car accident. Call us at 1-888-965-3827 for a free and confidential case evaluation. You can reach us 24 hours a day and 7 days a week by phone, text, and online chat.

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Disclaimer: The content of this post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation for business. The information contained herein is not intended to offer legal or medical advice. If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident, it is recommended to seek immediate medical assistance. The photo featured in this post was not taken at the actual scene of the accident


This map shows the intersection of Orangethorpe Avenue and Gilbert Street, where the tragic accident occurred

Kevin Crockett

Kevin Crockett

Kevin Crockett is an award-winning personal injury lawyer who understands the impact an accident can have on someone’s life. That’s why he aggressively fights for each of his clients.

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