Huntington Beach, CA (June 4, 2021) – A woman who sustained serious injuries after a Huntington Beach crash that occurred this week died at a hospital on Friday morning, June 4, authorities said.

Officers with the Huntington Beach Police Department said that the woman, identified as 26-year-old Chanel Garcia from Newport Beach, was riding her motorcycle southbound on Beach Boulevard, just north of Liberty Drive, around 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening. The wreck happened when she slowed for a traffic signal and was rear-ended by an SUV whose driver failed to yield, spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said.

The driver of the SUV, 26-year-old Christopher Johnstone of Costa Mesa, remained on the scene and cooperated with officers. He was taken into custody after police suspected he was driving under the influence of drugs.

The investigation is ongoing, and it’s unclear whether further citations will be issued for Johnstone.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Chanel Garcia at this time.

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Orange County

Huntington Beach, CA - Chanel Garcia Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Beach Blvd at Liberty DrAccording to reports from Southern California News Group, a total of 10 motorcyclists have been killed along Ortega Highway within the last three years, alone. Throughout the state, at least 516 motorcyclists died in collisions in 2014, a number that jumped to 566 in 2016. Like such collisions that occur anywhere in California, motorcycle accidents in Orange County are repeatedly triggered by negligent drivers. The most significant thing for victims and their loved ones to realize is that they may have substantial rights protected by law during such an overwhelming time.

Motorcyclists are often overlooked by many other drivers as they can sometimes be difficult to see. However, that is no excuse for reckless behavior behind the wheel, and the irresponsible actions of careless motorists have led to countless fatalities all across the state of California. As a victim or a bereaved loved one, it is terribly important to understand that you deserve justice after suffering at the hands of a driver or other negligent party. Furthermore, in the case of a fatal accident, bereaved families are highly encouraged to look into holding the responsible person or other entity liable for the wrongful death of their loved one.

Losing a family member in a sudden collision is among the most devastating events that can occur, and there is almost nothing as important as acquiring compassionate and talented representation to fight for justice on your behalf. The moments following such an event are no time to be burdened by serious financial concerns, and a skilled motorcycle accident attorney can substantially assist you along the often turbulent path toward emotional and financial recovery. A proficient attorney understands your suffering during such a time and is ready to fight for the justice you deserve as soon as possible.

A serious accident can be absolutely overwhelming for all those involved, and our capable and considerate Orange County wrongful death attorneys at Beckerman Anderson recognize the sensitive nature of a sudden accident. We are devoted to representing those who have unfairly suffered by no fault of their own. If you have suffered the loss of a family member due to the actions of a negligent party, please don’t hesitate to visit or contact our California motorcycle accident attorneys today at 949-409-4299.

Note: These posts have been generated through the use of outside and secondary sources for Beckerman Anderson.  These sources include news stories, police reports, and first-hand accounts of accidents and the injuries involved. As a result, we have not been able to independently verify all of the details surrounding each accident that we post about. If you see any information that is not factual or is incorrect, please notify us immediately and we will ensure that the story is corrected with the most accurate content available.

Disclaimer: As members of our local community, we at Beckerman Anderson, strive to draw awareness to the dangers that are related to driving and provide overall safety information for our community members. We are always saddened when we learn about a serious injury accident in our area and hope that through awareness, drivers in our community will take the necessary precautions to avoid such accidents. The information provided in these posts should not be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. This story is not a solicitation for business. The photographs used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.