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.