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Newport Beach Police Department
Saturday February 17th, 2018 :: 04:16 p.m. PST


Press Release - Fatal Traffic Collision

At 10:11 am today, the Newport Beach Police Department was notified of a traffic collision near the intersection of Irvine Avenue and Orchard Drive, involving two vehicles: a white 2015 Mazda CX-5 and an orange 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 motorcycle.  At the time of the collision, the motorcyclist was travelling northbound on Irvine Avenue and the driver of the Mazda was turning left from southbound Irvine Avenue onto eastbound Orchard Drive.
The driver (an adult female and the sole occupant of the vehicle) was uninjured, but the motorcyclist was ejected and suffered critical injuries as a result of the collision.  Newport Beach Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported him to a local trauma center for medical treatment and evaluation.  Unfortunately, the motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries and passed away within an hour of the collision.  The identity of the motorcyclist is not being released at this time, pending identification by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation; neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be contributing factors.  The NBPD is seeking assistance from anyone who witnessed the collision, or who can provide additional information.  Anyone who can offer assistance is encouraged to contact Investigator Bill Hanson at 949-644-3746 or


Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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