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Young Woman Dies From Trabuco Canyon Motorcycle Crash

Alexa Fournier was 19 while riding a new high-performance Kawasaki Ninja.

A young female motorcyclist injured while riding the winding roads of Trabuco Canyon has died.

Alexa Julie Fournier, 19, of Anaheim, died from multiple traumatic injuries she suffered after colliding and getting pinned under a commercial truck after failing to negotiate one of scenic Trabuco Canyon Road’s S-turns.

The incident took place Feb. 12 at 11:55 a.m. Fournier was pronounced dead at Mission Hospital on Feb. 14 at 4:23 a.m., although the Orange County Coroner has not issued a press release.

Fournier was riding with another man at the time; his motorcycle was not involved in the crash.

Excessive speed for the conditions was the cause of the accident, according to Officer Christopher Goodwin of the California Highway Patrol. Fournier was heading southbound on a straight section of Trabuco Canyon Road but failed to negotiate a right-hand turn into the switchbacks near Holy Jim Road.

Riding a 2013 Kawasaki Ninja, Fournier's motorcycle drifted across the double yellow lines and collided with a 2005 International two-axle commercial truck that was coming out of the switchbacks. The truck's speed in the 35 mph zone was not a factor in the accident.

The 46-year-old Anaheim man driving the truck was uninjured.

The motorcycle remained in front of the truck but Fournier went under it.

The accident and investigation shut down traffic for about two hours.

"The CHP would like to remind people that driving the speed limit is extremely important and the Live Oak Canyon/Trabuco Canyon Road is a 35 mph zone," Goodwin said. "Furthermore, we encourage people to wear their protective equipment, particularly their helmet and any other equipment they deem necessary.

"Traveling the speed limit is very important on those roads."

Fournier, a 2011 graduate of Western High in Anaheim and manager of an Anaheim Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, was wearing her helmet at the time of the colllision. She had been cited in Garden Grove on Jan. 29 of failing to stop at a limit line or crosswalk.

Fourniew was the first of two people to have died in Trabuco Canyon in less than a week. John Minor, 44, of Silverado, was killed Saturday morning after striking a tree on Santiago Canyon Road about 1:30 a.m.

Caroline Pitale February 21, 2013 at 03:04 AM
So Sad. My condolences to both families.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook February 21, 2013 at 09:16 PM
This truly sad. It is also time for parents to remind their children of how many car crashes have claimed young lives (many high school students) on Trabuco Canyon Road. The road is lined with oak trees and the car loses on impact. There is a long history of tragic fatalities on Trabuco Canyon Road. Please advise your children.
Lana March 03, 2013 at 04:18 PM
It is a beautiful road for a scenic drive but not a road to speed thru with carefree abandon. It is a tragedy this young womans life was cut short. Motorcycles are dangerous enough but add a winding road and risk taking and that equals disaster.
Tina Constantino March 05, 2013 at 06:24 AM
Dearest Alexa, we only knew you for a short time and you managed to touch our lives in such a special way because of the kind of special soul you were. I'm so sorry you did not get to stay here longer and experience more life, but I know God only takes the best angels first and your busy in heaven. We love you sweet girl. We will meet again someday my little friend and until then rest easy.

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