Trevor Huff, 21, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Brea, which also left two others injured.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred the night of August 25, 2015.
Officials said Huff was riding a 2014 BMW motorcycle south on Brea Boulevard with a 24-year-old Chino man riding a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle.
At the time, a 62-year-old man driving a Toyota pickup truck going north on Brea Boulevard made a U-turn over a set of double yellow lines just north of Tonner Canyon Road.
The truck driver stopped once he turned into the southbound lane on Brea Boulevard, causing the motorcyclists who were behind him to swerve and crash into the side of the pickup. Huff died at the scene while the other motorcyclist was transported to an area trauma center with major injuries.
The driver of the pickup truck was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Trevor Huff for their terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the other motorcyclist who has apparently suffered serious injuries. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 21 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in Brea.
In Orange County as a whole, 30 people died and 989 were injured due to motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck made an illegal U-turn on Brea Boulevard.
California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
In such cases, the at-fault motorist can be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused in addition to facing citations or criminal penalties.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can seek compensation as well by filing a wrongful death claim.
Victims and families in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.