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Man Killed in Silverado Motorcycle Crash Is From Mission Viejo

Christopher Harty, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A motorcycle crash took the life of a Mission Viejo resident Friday. Patch file photo.
A motorcycle crash took the life of a Mission Viejo resident Friday. Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 9:56 a.m. March 22, 2014. Edited with new information.

 The Coroner's Office today released the name of the motorcyclist who was killed when a car turned into the path of his apparently-speeding cycle in Santiago Canyon, east of Irvine.

The motorcyclist was Christopher Harty, 23, of Mission Viejo, according to the Coroner's Office.

The crash was reported at 3:55 p.m. Friday on Santiago Road near Ridgeline Road, said a California Highway Patrol dispatcher.

A 38-year-old woman driving a 2007 Toyota east on Ridgeline Road stopped at the stop sign at Santiago Canyon Road, and she pulled out to make a left turn in front of Harty's 2013 Aprilia, according to the CHP.

Harty's motorcycle was driven at approximately 65 to 75 miles per hour southbound on Santiago Road approaching the intersection when it crashed into the left front of the Toyota. He was ejected from his bike.

The speed limit there is 55 miles per hour, according to photographs of the road.

Harty was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Coroner's Office.

Paramedics rushed the 38-year-old woman to Mission Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries. She was not charged or arrested, according to a statement from the CHP.

--City News Service


C M March 22, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Does anyone know if this is the same Christopher Harty that went to Del Lago Elementary school? I think we knew him and his family.
Brainwashed_In_Church March 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I would have been quite shocked if he wasn't ejected from his motorcycle.
kimberly prieto March 24, 2014 at 04:32 PM
yes christopher did attend Del Lago Elementary school . i am proud to say Chris grew up to be a wonderful caring young man . I am one of many Aunts . i will always cherish his hugs and that wonderful smile and those cowboy boots . Chris will be forever in boots and forever in our hearts .
C M March 24, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Thank you, Kimberly. My deepest sympathies to you and the whole family. We have wonderful memories of the times we spent with Chris and his family when our boys were very young.
socratesfive March 26, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Chris and his family are amazing. I am so sorry. The Barrys

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