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Man Dies in Rockfield Crash

An 89-year-old gets broadsided while trying to access Rockfield Boulevard.


By Martin Henderson

A Friday morning crash on Rockfield Boulevard resulted in the death of an 89-year-old Lake Forest man.

The incident took place at 10:34 a.m. on Rockfield as the decedent, driving a 1984 Cadillac El Dorado, was struck as he pulled onto Rockfield from the Dune Mear access road. 

The county's Major Accident Reconstruction Team will make the final determination, but Sgt. Jason Keller of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said it appears the victim was turning left onto Rockfield when he was struck in the driver's side door and quarter panel by another vehicle.

That vehicle, a 1995 Infiniti sedan, was driven by a 23-year-old male headed southbound on Rockfield.

The victim's name has not yet been released. He was taken to Mission Hospital but lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful.

The driver of the Infinity was taken to Saddleback Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Traffic was closed on Rockfield between Condor Drive and Cavanaugh for four hours.
M December 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Geez, the speed limit is 45, how fast was the 23 year old driving?
Schwab Apiaries December 16, 2013 at 01:15 PM
I've seen speeds in excess of 55-60 on that section of Rockfield. We also have students crossing that busy street. We should consider that the left turn (At Dune Mear Rd.)is dangerous given the line of sight to turn onto Rockfield. The traffic light at Ridge Route Dr. and Rockfield is an alternative to enter Rockfield Blvd.
MFriedrich December 16, 2013 at 06:05 PM
It's not surprising that an 89 year old drive might underestimate the speed of oncoming traffic on a street like Rockfield and pull out either too late or too slowly and get broad-sided. I don't doubt that the Infinity driver may have been speeding southbound on Rockfield, but you don't have to be going even 30 miles an hour, if someone pulls out in front of you, then you're probably going to T-bone collide and kill somebody. This is why we must always come to a complete stop, look both ways and take an attitude of extra patience when driving. Anticipating the worst in other drivers can save your life. I say to myself every day: they really are all trying to kill me. Sad outcome. Condolences to the families involved in this terrible accident.
Ana Silvas December 18, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I knew the man who died. He was a veteran and fought in World War II. He was the sweetest old man ever. I used to call him grandpa and I remember always going to his house and trick or treating. I love you Mr. Makin. You are my hero. Rest in peace. Once a soldier, always a soldier!! <3 :')

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