The Orange County Register reports that a motorcyclist has died over the weekend after he attempted to avoid crashing into a jaywalking pedestrian.
According to the story appearing on the Orange County Register website, the accident happened on Sunday, July 19th at approximately 10:00 a.m.
A spokesperson with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a pedestrian attempted to cross Beach Boulevard near the intersection of Katella Avenue in Stanton when they caused several motorists to brake suddenly to avoid a collision.
In a chain reaction, a male motorcyclist in his 50’s crashed into the rear end of another vehicle that had attempted to avoid hitting the pedestrian. The motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle onto the pavement.
The California Highway Patrol responded to the crash. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported at the time of the accident. There were no other reported victims, but the pedestrian did not stay at the scene of the crash.
Authorities say that the Supervising Deputy Orange County Coroner Larry Esslinger has identified the victim as 51-year-old Mark Palacios.
Investigators in Orange County are asking for the public’s help in locating the pedestrian in the case. They are described as a male in his 30s with a thin build. He is reported to have black hair and scruffy facial hair, wearing a white shirt and black pants.
Anyone with any information about the accident is being asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.