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Man killed in motorcycle accident

January 16, 2004

Andrew Edwards

A Garden Grove man was killed Wednesday morning in a traffic

collision between a motorcycle and an SUV on North Coast Highway.

Aron Negron, 19, was pronounced dead at the site of the crash.

A bystander reported the collision, which occurred on North Coast

Highway at Emerald Bay at 11:29 a.m.

Police are still investigating the exact cause of the collision.

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The motorcyclist was riding north on Coast Highway on a Suzuki Cafe

Racer when he was struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by

72-year-old Laguna Beach resident Shirley June Laderman, according to

early reports.

Laderman's SUV reportedly struck the motorcyclist while she was

attempting a left-hand turn out of the main gate at the Emerald Bay

neighborhood.

Laderman was "distraught" at the scene, Sgt. Eric Lee said.

Because the extent of the victim's injuries was so severe, no

efforts were made to offer treatment to the motorcyclist.

"It was an unfortunate accident," Fire Battalion Chief Jeff

Latendresse said. "We got here, and there was unfortunately nothing

we could do."

Laguna authorities dispatched four police units and two fire

engines to the location. Additional emergency personnel were sent

later to assist with traffic control and the investigation.

Laguna officials were assisted by an ambulance from a private

company, Pacific Ambulance Service, which happened to drive past the

seen and stopped. An engine from the Orange County Fire Authority's

Emerald Bay station was also at the sene.

Officials limited traffic on Coast Highway near the collision to

one lane in each direction.

Alcohol was not reported as a factor in the collision, Lee said.

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