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RSM Sign Gets Whacked in Crash

The city may throw out the welcome mat for those who enter the city limits, but one Rancho Santa Margarita sign is a bit worse for wear.

Folks coming into Rancho Santa Margarita from Mission Viejo may notice something a little out of place in the center divide.

The large sign that informs residents and visitors that they are now entering the city limits of RSM has taken a beating.

The stone marker on Santa Margarita Parkway was the victim of a collision that took place Thursday, about 2:40 a.m., when a small pickup hit the large sign.

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At present, a piece of the wheel structure rests against the structure, which includes the city's seal. Also visible are tire tracks leading into the collision in which the left front of the vehicle struck the right side of the sign.

As for the driver of the errant pickup, he was transported to Mission Hospital and Orange County Sheriff Deputies requested a blood tech to test him for alcohol and drugs.

No word yet on when the sign will be replaced, but for now, RSM wishes you a cautious welcome to the city.

Jean August 31, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I am sad about the sign being destroyed. I loved how it portrayed RSM and would hope the same sign would be replaced.
Charles August 31, 2012 at 02:11 PM
There's a sign in the median on Antonio north of Oso at that RSM boundary which is waiting to get whacked by a southbound driver (leaving RSM). The back of this sign is unlit and only a small post with reflective tape provides an indication the sign is there.
Janet Whitcomb August 31, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Saw it just a few minutes ago on my way to Irvine. Not exactly my kind of performance art.
Martin Henderson (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Charles is right. As I recall, that sign on Antonio is an island out there by itself. @Janet -- performance art: Niiiice.
Danny Jones September 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Well, if people would pay attention to the road, then a sign in the middle of the road has nothing to fear. Unfortunately many people don't pay attention to the lane deviders, and cross them like they were drunk. Hope they fix the sign excatly like it was, and make the idiot pay for it.

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