October 8, 2013
A Laguna Beach police officer has been killed in the line of duty following response to a speeding motorist call, according to authorities.
41-year-old Jon Coutchie was headed north on Pacific Coast Highway looking for the offending vehicle when his motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck at the intersection of Cleo Street.
His death, which was pronounced on-scene, marks a first for the department since 1953.
The investigation for the accident is being handled by the California Highway Patrol.
Though they may receive a bad rap from the general public, the truth is that the role of police officers in our society is a critical and noble one. The laws they enforce everyday are the same ones that protect motorcycle riders, and without them the motorways would be extremely dangerous and unpredictable for all who use them. This incident is nothing short of a tragedy, and the Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers here at Riderzlaw offer our deepest condolences to those affected by the loss of Officer Coutchie. We beg all our readers to please consider the unforeseen repercussions that may occur from their breaking the law.