Motorcyclist Killed On Ortega Highway

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

A 29-year-old motorcyclist from Murrieta was killed because he drove a Suzuki Samurai motorcycle into the back of a stopped car on Route 74 -- the Ortega Highway -- the Orange County Coroner's Office said today.   

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

The crash on the westbound highway, about 14 miles east of Interstate 5, was at 12:18 p.m. Saturday, according to a department statement.

Tucker's motorcycle hit the rear of a 2006 Honda Element that had stopped in heavy traffic on the mountain road. The Honda's driver, a 54-year- old Capistrano Beach woman, was not hurt or cited, CHP officers said.

Paramedics rushed Tucker to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, where he was pronounced dead at 3:03 p.m. Saturday.

Click here to read about Ortega Highway deadly reputation regarding motorcyclists.

Constant Comment October 07, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I wonder if they actually re named this highway something like what Charles had suggested "Blood Highway" if that would stick somewhere in these riders brains and they would make a subconsious decision to slow down?
Diana October 07, 2012 at 08:18 PM
This is so sad, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this Man, being riders ourselves every time we hear of a motorcyclist going down it really does hit home.
Kim Shive October 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Where were the road flares cones police cars lights something to let them know they were approaching an accident closed down the road ahead on a sharp turn the riders had no warning of what was ahead of them no way to have known what was around the blind turn my thoughts and prayers to Travis and his family And to all members of the Devious Riders God speed
Kim Shive October 07, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Also to all of the Navey and Marines that served with Travis you are all in are thoughts and prayers
Keith Haworth October 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
They didn't say that there was an accident, just stopped traffic. Even if the motorcycle was going at normal speed, if he hit one of those blind curves and the traffic was stopped, a person could be in trouble. That is why we need to slow down. I always fear of getting hit in the rear when the traffic is stopped on blind corners. My thoughts go out to the family.
Devious-riders Mc Ie Chapt October 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
First of this idiot reporter needs to get the facts straight. Report in the real cause of the accident. Everyone is quick to say "he was riding to fast", or "we need to slow down". The CHP needed to do their job. Like Kim said, "where were the road flares, or officer flagging traffic. It's a busy hwy especially on weekends with bikers, hikers, and people camping. There was CHP, and a tow truck there! Why didn't any of them follow procedures?? It's procedure for them to lay out flares as far as 300ft away from an accident. I'm sure it looks like I'm blaming the CHP. And yeah I am! If they would've done their job right Travis would've been at home with Yoko and the kids. My brother would've came over yesterday so the kids could play and we could hang out. We were at the hospital yesterday with Yoko and the kids. It's hard to see, and feel the sadness and pain we are all going through. It could've been prevented. RIP Travis. Love you brother! DFFD
jan borders October 07, 2012 at 11:38 PM
To the family of Travis Tucker, my prayers and thoughts are with you. I know what it's like to lose someone you love. Just be there for each other and remember the good times with Travis. Then he will RIP......God bless all of you
LBV Collins October 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
My sincerest sympathies to Travis' family and friends.
Reverend Smith October 08, 2012 at 04:27 AM
The reporter wasn't at the scent at the time of the accident. Neither was I and I'm guessing neither was anyone else posting here. The stopping distance of the Element probably isn't anything impressive. If the auto was at (or near) a stop, and the motorcycle hit it hard enough to result in the death of the rider, logic and the laws of physics strongly suggest that either the rider was going well over the legal and safe-riding speed limit, or he was distracted and didn't see the trouble up ahead. They used to blame cars for horses causing them to rear up and throw their riders when a car drove by. Laws were imposed requiring that automobile drivers fire an aerial flare rocket every few miles to warn equestrian traffic down the road of an approaching automobile. Requiring emergency responders instantly deploy flares the full length of what was likely a long line of cars is about as unrealistic. C'mon now. You ride - you accept the risk and accept the consequences. Chances are hundreds of cars and more than a few motorcycles managed to negotiate that accident scene without colliding with another vehicle in line. What magic did they possess? I used to ride. Don't anymore. Doesn't matter how alert or cautious. It's just too damned dangerous on the road.
Michael October 08, 2012 at 04:40 AM
He was a good friend. We were suppose to go to Mulligans Family Fun Center Sunday with his children. I will miss him.
Teller of Truth October 08, 2012 at 05:18 AM
@Rev Smith, it seems that Kim (above) had said that the traffic was at a stand still because of another accident that had previously happened. She said it was a blind curve and there was no fore warning that the cars were completely at a stand still. So even if Mr. Tucker was only going 20 mph, he would have still hit the vehicle in front of him because he simply did not see it in time. I too, wonder where all of the flares were that the officers/tow truck driver should have put down on a blind curve like this? They know that the cars were fast coming to a total stand still. Did they prepare for this at all? My condolences go out to Mr. Tuckers family, friends & motorcycle buddies. If there was any sort of negligence, I sure hope that you don't just let this go.......
Reverend Smith October 08, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Please. 20 mph? Really? I've driven the Ortega enough to know none of the corners are that "blind." Sometimes first responders have more urgent matters than walking down an ever-lengthening line of cars dropping a flare every 50 feet - during the height of fire season in in a canyon that's a tender-box. As stated, we weren't there. We'll never know of any negligence. But laying this tragedy upon the CHP for not abandoning the job of attending to the wounded in the initial collision and clearing the road so traffic could continue to run down the line dropping flares all day is ridiculous.
Teller of Truth October 08, 2012 at 05:48 AM
@ Rev. Smith. Usually more than just one CHP officer is on scene at a time. If the tow truck was already on scene, as indicated earlier, than an officer should have been watching out for the safety of others that were bound to aproach. So no I don't think that its "ridiculous" to set out flares on a blind curve for 300 feet. Thats protocal. I don't think that his brother thinks that was "ridiculous" either. If doing his job and following procedures were not followed & this poor guy died as a result, then I believe a followup investigation is in order. Protect & Serve , ya know?
Reverend Smith October 08, 2012 at 06:23 AM
The way traffic on Ortega is, that line likely extended well over 3000 YARDS after half an hour or so - and growing. setting flares would have occupied an officers entire time during the initial collision's aftermath - and that's assuming he has in almost infinite supply of flares and does has no concern that someone's wheel doesn't nudge a lit flare off the road where dry grass and leave material would quickly add a wile-land conflagration to an already difficult situation. And I really can't imagine not being able to stop at 20mps around any Ortega corner unless there's a car heading at me at full throttle in reverse. Big rocks are common on that road and so, motorcyclists especially need to keep a cap on the speed. My condolences too go out to the Tuckers & friends. But dumping all responsibility at the steps of first responders, who were plenty busy I'm sure, does not serve anyone's interest.
jill smith October 08, 2012 at 11:44 AM
This is so so sad, I feel so bad for the family, and you too Michael, hang in there.:( :( My prayers go out to all of you.
THE REAL Anita Drink October 08, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Here's what the OC Register reported: "...Investigators said Travis Tucker of Murrieta was driving a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle westbound on the highway around noon when he struck the rear of a 2006 Honda Element. Traffic was backed up on the two-lane highway when the Honda driver hit her brakes, and turned to the left to avoid rear-ending the stopped cars. Tucker attempted to turn into the same lane but he did not hit his brakes in time, authorities said."
Ian October 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I really hope she does a follow-up investigation. I'm with you on this 100%. If they would've done their job properly, Sgt Tucker would still be with us. I had the privilege to ride with the you guys a few times earlier this year. I know for sure that Tuck didn't go down because he was being reckless. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Devious Riders and of course his family and friends. We lost a great man. I'm glad to have been able to work with him and have him as a friend for as long as I did. RIP bud, we'll miss you.
Vicki Kilpatrick October 08, 2012 at 03:02 PM
This is Vicki Kilpatrick I'm the mother of Travis Tucker, my only child. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences. He leaves behind his wife Yoko, and my grand kids Titus and Tatiana. I will be going to the coroner's office to view my son's body tomorrow. I will be flying Travis back home to Cocoa Florida. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. My e-mail address is vicki5216@yahoo.com.
THE REAL Anita Drink October 08, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I am so sorry Vicki. Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your only son.
Constant Comment October 08, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Reverand Smith, not only is your logic flawed....but it is my guess that if you were in the same situation as this young motorcyclist....you'd be the FIRST one to ask where all the warning flares were. Sometimes I think you just like to argue with someone, just for the sake of an arguement...if you know what I mean. }~)
Constant Comment October 08, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Mrs Kilpatrick, Please except my sincere condolences on the death of your son Travis.
Reverend Smith October 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM
CC: As I said, I used to ride and I know enough to know that if you require someone to scatter warning flares to give you a heads-up to every hazard on the road. Well I'll leave the rest unspoken. I don't ride because even with constant vigilance, situations arise for which there is no maneuver or hardware advantage (short of wings I suppose) that will save a rider from disastrous fate. I loved to ride but I loved to live and having my legs and my arms etc. more.
Devious - 65 October 09, 2012 at 08:24 AM
Vicky .... My wife was one of the club memebers that was there on the scene when Travis passed ... she held his hand and encouraged him to fight for his life and not give up. She held his hand as she tried to calm him ... She is in alot of pain and would like to meet you. Also just for the record the corner was so blind that one of our other members crashed into K rail and a third in formation stopped and had to flag the the next motorcyclist and then my wife who was in last and also the other oncoming cars to avoid an even more devastaing accident. Thanks to Chivas the rider who flagged the traffic to stop. Before the group left for the canyon they had passed 4 corners where my son and the Temescal Band were having a car wash, My son Trever was on the corner with other Band members encouraging people to stop in for the car wash As the group stopped at the red light Travis jumped off his bike and gave my son a big hug. Your son was an amazing human being ... it was our honor to know him.
Devious - 65 October 09, 2012 at 09:10 AM
I want to thank the first responders that never gave up trying to revive Travis. From what my wife said, they never quit working on him even though he had seemed to have passed already ...... I commend them and their efforts for trying to save our bother.
Stephen Frazier October 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
This is Stephen Frazier, I'm Travis cousin and I want to personally thank you all for your prayers and sympathy during this time. I have been communicating with my auntie (Vicki) and other family members during this very sad moment. And I can say that we really do appreciate the prayers and respect that everyone has given and continue to give during such a sad moment. Thank you all again and God bless each and every one of you.
Maria October 11, 2012 at 03:48 AM
@rev smith in your previous post u stated that your guessing no one else posting was at the scene I personally know 4 people who where there and all agree that something could have been done by the CHP to avoid this tragic accident! You want to sit there and make assumptions of what happened.. You say that he was "speeding" or " "distracted" I'm sorry where YOU there?? Because I don't think you were! So you have no right to put down and argue with what anyone else is saying on here! These are his family and friends who are all suffering a loss what makes u think u have any right to doubt he was going 20mph what gives u a right to come on here and even give your two cents? YOU WEREN'T THERE! It could of took all but 3 min to put out flares and this could of been avoided dispite what bs you have to say that's a FACT and I'm sure anyone else (but u) would agree with me on this! So if you seriously have nothing better to do with your life the to argue with grieving friends and family I suggest u get a hobby because u have no right, no logic behind ur bs or ANY business leaving another comment on here!
Lester October 11, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I m his neighbor that I'm used to hang out with him almost every nite, we used to talk a lot me and him we were building a great friendship but we never get to ride together even though we park our bikes in d same garage, he asked me Friday nite if I was available Saturday morning to go for a ride but couldn't bcuz I had a ball game scheduled, every time I go park I always see his bike but its been 3 days that I haven't seen it bcuz he barely ride it, I was worry where he might be bcuz I really miss our little words in our door step or side walk, I really miss u Travis brother u are a great man and universe knows that, wherever u be right now still feel like u are around smoking ur cigarette or drinking ur cup of juice, no doubt, rest in peace, Bud.
Lester October 11, 2012 at 05:20 AM
My deepest condolences to his wife, childrens,parents and friends for the lost of a great human being, u r gone too soon
tim October 12, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I'm sorry for your lose prayers go out how is the other rider?
tim October 12, 2012 at 02:02 AM


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