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Accident Kills Lake Forest Motorcyclist

A 29-year-old man dies in the hospital hours after an accident on a residential Lake Forest roadway.

A Lake Forest motorcyclist died Wednesday afternoon in an area hospital from injuries sustained in a noontime accident at the intersection of Peachwood and Palmwood Drive, authorities said.

The 29-year-old man was driving on Peachwood toward Palmwood Drive when a car sitting at a stop sign on Palmwood pulled out into Peachwood traffic, Orange County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Angel Andrade said.

The motorcyclist, who was driving behind a pick-up truck, braked to avoid the car and slid out, Andrade said.

Investigators believe the driver of the car may not have seen the motorcycle behind the pick-up, which was turning onto Palmwood as the car pulled out onto Peachwood, he said.

Sheriff's deputies and Orange County firefighters responded to the accident and transported the motorcylist, identified Thursday as Steven David Muller, to Mission Hospital, Andrade said.

Muller, who received medical treatment at the scene of the accident, initially seemed stable, according to the sheriff's department.

But at the hospital he was rushed into surgery. Muller died at 2:48 p.m. from injuries sustained in the collision, less than three hours after the accident, according to coronor's records.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing, Andrade said.

This story has been updated.

Glenn Rueger August 26, 2012 at 01:11 AM
An anonymous person said: "Not to mention motorcyclists are just as Careless and just as much at fault when incidents like these occur." I'd like to apologize to the Muller family for the utter insensitivity of this person's remark. I'm not even going to dignify it with a rebuttal.
xxxxxxxxx August 27, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Glenn Rueger, You comment, "I'm not even going to dignify it with a rebuttal." is in itself, a rebuttal. (Duhh...)
Jessica Slifca August 27, 2012 at 03:04 PM
What a generalized statement. Had it been in a Walmart parking lot, would you just assume he was white trash?
Jessica Slifca September 01, 2012 at 12:33 AM
It looks like another fatal collision at Peachwood today, August 31. What is going on here? Sarah, please investigate this new one. How many times?!?
Jessica Slifca September 01, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Sorry, I guess it was Via del Rio, the new light on Trabuco just north of Peachwood

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