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Motorcyclist, Biker Collide, In Serious Condition

The accident occurred about a mile from Cook's Corner.

A collision involving a motorcyclist and a bicyclist shut down a portion of Santiago Canyon Road for about five hours Saturday.

The accident took place about 11:30 a.m., near the Modjeska Grade Road.The 50-year-old cyclist was taken by helicopter to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with serious injuries.

The motorcyclist was taken to Mission Hospital, also with severe injuries.

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The severity of the crash caused the Orange County Sheriff's Department's major accident reconstruction team to respond, which resulted in the northbound lane being closed at 11:57 a.m., 30 minutes after the initial 9-1-1 call.

The cyclist was not riding in a peloton, but was instead riding behind his son, according to OCSD Lt. Joe Balicki. "Initially, we thought it was going to be a double fatality," he said, though he indicated at 4:30 p.m. that both men were still alive.

The incident took place about a mile north of Cook's Corner, which is popular with motorcyclists.

M B October 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Speaking of motorcycle accidents, any updates on how Deputy Africano is doing?
MisturChips October 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I noticed the flare residue on the way home from the great western fan belt toss in palm springs. I turn in on Ridgeline (JSO Modjeska), and judging by the residue, I figured something serious happened. Are any specifics available? Nice SAT vocab, peloton is.. Isn't that when cyclists bunch up into a wide v-shaped formation like birds do, often partially blocking a lane? If so, I appreciate the riders for staying single file (slip-streaming). Thankfully nobody died from this; it's always sad to hear of any fatalities (or injuries, for that matter) due to vehicular accidents. Pray for swift recoveries to all three!
Jan Plessner October 29, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Additional information here: http://ranchosantamargarita.patch.com/articles/i-called-him-sweetie-bicyclist-s-samaritan-speaks
Kitty Kat October 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Please keep us updated.
GoGoGadget October 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM
MisturChips - "Peloton" is a group of many or a pack as you see in Tour de France but cyclists have no reason to form a wide V. That would not be safe on any road!
MisturChips October 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I agree, Inspector! This is why when I regularly see hordes of cyclists in a wide V-shaped pack, blocking JUST ENOUGH of the road for people to think it's safe to whiz-by at 55MPH, I sometiems shudder on my daily commute through Santiago Canyon...
DBIGGS November 03, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Frank Hoppen is the name bicycle rider and i know him well- he is a kind, caring, do anything for anyone person. He is a Motorcycle rider as well and a famed motorcycle photographer. It's horrible that things happen to such good people. Please pray for both riders and their families

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