Murrieta Man Killed on Orange County's Ortega Highway

The motorcyclist was identified as Travis Tucker, according to the coroner.

A 29-year-old Murrieta man died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a stopped vehicle on the Ortega Highway in Orange County, officials said Sunday.

Travis Tucker was pronounced dead at 3:03 p.m.Saturday at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, the Orange County Coroner's office reported.

He was riding a Suzuki Samurai motorbike on westbound Route 74 in Rancho Santa Margarita about 12:15 p.m. Saturday when the bike struck the back of a 2006 Honda Element stopped in heavy traffic, officials said.

The Honda's driver, a 54-year-old Capistrano Beach woman, was not hurt or cited, CHP officers said.

---City News Service

Vic October 08, 2012 at 02:29 AM
COME ON, PEOPLE!!! True Authority has been inconvenienced!!! Seriously, Stupidity is trumped by your unbelievable insensitiveity, TA....smh
Vic October 08, 2012 at 02:32 AM
So sad!!!
MJohnson October 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Seriously. How can someone worry about time when someone's life is lost or on the line? We were there, in the traffic. We were just worried about the people involved and prayed that everyone would be OK. I'm sad to read today that Travis Tucker died in the accident. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
MJohnson October 08, 2012 at 02:58 AM
You're a heartless jerk. Maybe someday someone in your family will die in a horrible accident, and instead of sympathy, people will be complaining about how long they had to wait in line or smirk about how stupid they were. Stupid is being a heartless monster, not someone who makes a split second accidental decision or are a fraction late on hitting their brake. Perhaps you're too illiterate to read and understand the news story behind the accident? It's obvious Travis wasn't doing anything reckless. I hope you wait in line for AGES and AGES so you have lots of time to think about what a creep you are!
MJohnson October 08, 2012 at 02:59 AM
All our sympathies go out to his family! I wish we could help in some way. We were there when it happened, and our hearts break for the pain his wife and kids must be feeling right now. What a tragedy.
A.D. October 08, 2012 at 04:08 AM
@'true authority' It sit in traffic daily, 1, 2, 3 hours and will never be inconvenienced by someone losing a live regardless of fault or an asinine opinion of their vehicle. My deepest condolence to his family and friends.
Andrea Smith October 08, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I'm just shocked and horrified at people and how heartless and hurtful there words can be I pray for the wife that lost her mate and to the children that lost their daddy. May God be with them and comfort them right now.
Janelle October 08, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Thank you to "concerned reader" who reposted my comment. As I already stated, this horrific tragedy might have been avoided had there been flaggers to oncoming traffic on this already dangerous highway. Travis was deeply loved and will be just as deeply missed. As for "true authority"- be very greatful that you did not have to look into the eyes of Travis' two young children after they viewed the body of their dead father. Consider all of the possible reasons for an accident involving a motorcycle before you are so quick to judge. The inconvenience brought upon you cannot be compared to the loss of someone's precious life. Thank you to everyone else for your kind words.
Eddie October 08, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Kingpin October 08, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I ride a motorcycle. It's a cruiser style bike and cannot go as fast as a "crotch rocket" style bike, which is much faster and lighter. I've gone on Ortega Hwy around blind corners going between 40 -50 MPH ( If you go any slower cars will tail gate the hell out of you!). The same thing happened to me, as Travis. There was an accident and traffic had stopped. There was no way of knowing this. I braked hard and there was no accident. Travis was not so lucky. I do not know Travis, or his family. And it is true that some on "crotch rockets" ride very fast around corners, because those types of bikes are meant for going fast around the curves. And I understand the inconvenience" of waiting hours on Ortega Hwy with no cell phone service, and becoming late to your own scheduled fun day. But things happen. It's called life. And there is nothing fun about losing one - even if you did not know the person.
SA October 08, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Unless u hate America any premature loss of life is sad.
sandalina October 08, 2012 at 05:13 PM
The Ortega Highway in theory is the fastest way to South OC...but also the most dangerous. Crashes on the Ortega are not simple 'fender-benders' in most cases, but horrible fatalities, whether it be a bike or car. It sounds like the OC side around Ladera has become very congested, and yes---they need a big yellow sign, with a flashing lights warning motorists of stopped traffic.
kristin c October 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Marine or not, this man is dead and his family is left to pick up the pieces. Regardless of whether or not he was driving recklessly, losing his life should not be looked at as payback for causing traffic to back up. I get angry too when I sit in traffic and pass an accident because my mind always thinks someone was being stupid like on the phone or texting. When someone dies, none of that matters. You don't get do overs. And true authority, I seriously hope your name isn't because you are a police officer.. maybe you've seen a hundred fatalities like this and your heart is hard. If that's the case you need to find another job. I certainly wouldn't want you to serve and protect me while rolling your eyes and calling me names.
connie smith October 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
My husband and son were stopped in front of the Element and witnessed the accident. The cars were stopped because Cal trans was loading anothet car and motorcycle from an earlier accident and had the road blocked. Even though the CHP was there, no one was around the curve to let motorists know the road was blocked. There were a few near misses as cars came around the curve, but the 2 bikes went down. I believe the fault falls with the CHP or Cal Trans for not doing traffic control. My prayers are with the family.
True Authority October 10, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Lets see... So far I have been called a: True A$$ heartless jerk TRUE A$$HOLE! YOU HEARTLESS BASTARD!!! I have been accused of being: illiterate hiding behind a name pfft (I guess I could have chosen a name like Becky Roberts, that name has to real right?) unAmerican heartless (oh yeah didn’t I already mention that one) and worst of all… a Police Officer! The bottom line is that this is an all too common occurrence on this road. This was a traffic collision, not an "accident". This type of collision typically happens when the operator of the colliding vehicle meets one or more of the following conditions: 1. Is impaired (DUI or sleepy) 2. Suffers a lapse in situational awareness 3. Is traveling at a speed too fast for the conditions 4. Is following too close 5. Doesn't have the requisite skills and experience necessary to adequately control the vehicle they are operating. With that being said, which of these conditions couldn’t have been avoided? It is a horrific tragedy when a family loses a loved one. The Ortega Hwy is not a road to be trifled with. I regularly drive this road and I even have a vehicle which is extremely capable of reaching and sustaining speeds on this road which are well beyond reckless. The difference is that I know the limits of this road and I owe it to my family to mitigate the risks of driving it as much as I can to ensure I am home with them at the end of the day. This is my number one goal.
Sara Alvarado October 10, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Such a BIG tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to the family. My deepest and most sincere condolences :(
LisaB October 10, 2012 at 05:55 AM
I first want to send my condolences to Travis' family. What a horrible tragedy and I pray for your healing process (and please don't try to grieve alone, it does not work - I know). Now, on to the rest...I have never read so many ignorant comments in an article here on the Patch. Motorcycles are not a "cool" phase people are going through, they've been around and "cool" for almost as long as cars have....A few bad riders do not make the entire riding population evil....condemn the few, not the whole....blame the CHP??? really? how many officers do you think work in an area? Do you know that one office covers San Diego Border to the Orange County border? And where exactly did you want them to stop and slow down all the traffic - should they have someone standing by just staring at the traffic instead of helping the injured and moving everyone else and everything off the roads for all safety reasons???..And I'm assuming that we should have a unit just parked on the Ortega for that random motorcyclist that will come through every couple of hours or so just so you don't have to deal with them on Your freeway?..seriously people, have you ever thought to actually read your comments before posting? A man was killed in an accident, by no fault of his own or anyone else involved in the accident. It was tragic and horrible but to place the blame on all motorcyclists or all police officers, really? And last I checked, I see more cops at Starbucks than donut shops, just saying..
lauren October 10, 2012 at 03:38 PM
My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends. I knew him briefly in a class at UOP and saw him Thursday. He seemed to be an easy going and really nice guy. Such a tragedy. :(
Ortega Resident October 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The Ortega is a SUPER dangerous road...and motorcyclists PLAY on it every weekend with motorcycles designed for racing and high speed cornering. Not smart. There is skydiving in Lake Elsinore, which is MUCH safer, puts MORE wind in your hair, and doesn't involve the lives of others when something goes wrong. It's a much better way to get your kicks on the weekend. Motorcycling on Ortega is a death wish. Period. The police need to do a MUCH better job of warning people approaching accidents around blind corners, instead of chatting with each other. They could have prevented this death. BUT riding motorcycles on Ortega on the weekends with the thousands of yahoos that race that road is toying with death to begin with.
kyle October 10, 2012 at 09:12 PM
If you would like to help Sgt Travis tuckers family please make a donation to his fund. Any donation will be greatly appreciated by his family. http://www.gofundme.com/1bnz7s
LALALAND October 13, 2012 at 06:10 PM
You are a cruel person! I hope you go to hell!
LALALAND October 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
YOu are going to burn in hell! Maybe if people shared the road there wouldn't be any fatalities. You ignorant Sh*tHead! Maybe it will be you next time. HA! *evil laugh*
LALALAND October 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Oh Boo! Loser!
True Authority October 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM
LALALAND, I've been to hell and saw your mom there.
CJY November 08, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I knew Travis personally, we worked together in Japan and we all lived in the same building. My wife is in Japan visiting and heard about this and just told me about it. I can still remember his face and his wife and kids. He was a great Marine and is leaving behind a very beautiful Family. Shame on all you assholes for turning his memory into a Matorcycle bashing forum. R.I.P. Travis, Semper Fi
True Authority November 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
CJY, you are the asshole for thinking just because he is a Marine he can't do something stupid. Lots of people die doing the wrong thing and leave behind beautiful families that doesn't make someone critical of their behavior an asshole, you asshole.
Jeremy Turner November 15, 2012 at 06:00 AM
CYJ, I also knew Tucker, but I knew him when he was in Beaufort SC, and I agree wholeheartedly that he was a great Marine. I considered Tucker a great friend and do miss him dearly, I sadly lost contact with him once I was deployed again. I only recently learned of what happend to him and the accident. CYJ, please do me a favor and express my sorrows to his family. True Authority, I don't know what your true job is or anything, I do know that you are a complete idiot, you should gather "ALL THE FACTS" before you voice your opinions. Secondly, yes I do believe that you are a heartless ass for getting onto this thread and trying to taint it by your useless and tasteless comments. Finally, do us all a favor and pull your head out of your ass and get off this thread, if you require assistance in removing your head from your ass please let me know, I am SGT. Turner JM (USMC). Tucker was a good man and will be sorely missed. Much love to his friends and family. Semper Fidelis!!
True Authority November 15, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Jeremy Turner, did you witness this event and conduct an investigation? What was that you say? No? Then Jeremy, you are not only the idiot but a hypocrite as well. Getting on this thread and trying to taint it? Hello! This thread is pure opinion, I don't see anywhere that describes it's purpose as a memorial to a fallen friend. That means you are guilty of trying to taint it, by insisting this thread is something it's not! I am no less entitled to my opinion than you are to yours. How about this... If you don't like my opinion then why don't you get off this thread and find one that only says what you want to hear? The next time I find my head in my ass, I will look you up. I could be wrong, but based on your comments, you don't strike me as someone who will help me remove my head from my ass. Instead, I see you as someone who might attempt to try and insert it there.
Jeremy Turner November 16, 2012 at 06:56 AM
While I did not witness the event, I have in fact talked to those closely involved in reviewing how the crash occured and have gathered facts from both sides. As I can tell you did not witness the event either so you should make sure to keep your idiot mouth shut as well. As far as the thread tainting goes, your comments have been in very poor taste, when consideration is taken from the other comments on this thread. I agree with the fact that you are entitled to share your opinion as well, but having some compassion for the fact that a man lost his life and that the accident was terrible for his family would be a considerate action. Regarding your last set of comments, I will let you have the last word there since it appears that you deperately need it, I will take your advice and find a thread that is in line with honoring a fallen friend. I wish everyone well and bid everyone farewell !!
True Authority November 16, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Jeremy. it seems you may be confused by the definition of a fact. The information from witness accounts are not fact. A fact would possibly be that you spoke to the witness and they told you something, but not the content of what the witness told you. I didn't realize this event was an "us vs them" situation, so I am not sure what talking to both sides means. The more you speak the more your inner hypocrite comes out. Unfortunately in this world, failing to acknowledge the causal factors in events like these in order to not "taint" the name of those involved commonplace and socially acceptable. Fatalities on the Ortega involving motorcycles are occurring far too often and have been for far too long, which might suggest we spend too much time "honoring" the "victim" by not talking about the mistakes which were made and learning from them. Once again, this was not an "accident" and it was avoidable. As someone who commutes over this road daily, I am very tired of having to deal with the consequences of these behaviors time and again. It simply takes education and the application of sound judgement to significantly minimize the occurrence of catastrophes such as these. However, there are those who will not learn from these events. They will not learn because they dare not talk about them in an honest and open fashion. Until we can do so we are doomed to experience them over and over. Who is the true idiot here Jeremy?


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