July 26, 2015

A young woman was killed early yesterday in a Mission Viejo motorcycle crash with a Toyota sedan.

The incident occurred just before 6:00 am at the intersection of Alicia Pkwy and Olympiad Rd near Lake Mission Viejo.

The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Mission Viejo resident Monica Castorena. According to reports, she was riding her Kawasaki motorcycle to work when, for reasons not known, her and the Toyota collided.

Orange County Sheriff’s Lieutenant John Roche said “It was foggy out there this morning and we don’t know if that played into it…we’re still looking into it.”

Officials say that four people in the car were taken to hospitals for minor injuries.

Orange County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jeff Hallock said that it is not believed drugs or alcohol were a factor in this crash.

Stories like this one pierce straight to the core of motorcyclists – not because they are remarkable but rather because the details are so familiar to us all. We have all ridden early morning streets – headed to work or some other obligation. It’s a tranquil and often reflective experience, one where impending collision is far from our minds.

This tragedy serves as a reminder to all riders that we’re really only a blind corner away from a life-changing experience. An event that is unpredictable and maybe even unavoidable, but that has the power to change your life and the lives of all those around you.

The Orange County motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to all those affected by the untimely passing of this young rider. We beg our readers to please, be safe and look out for motorcyclists out on the streets.