Security camera footage at PCH and Blue Lantern shows the van involved in Sunday’s hit-and-run, which left a motorcyclist dead. Photo: Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Security camera footage at PCH and Blue Lantern shows the van involved in Sunday’s hit-and-run, which left a motorcyclist dead. Photo: Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff’s Department

By Cameron Sadeghi

A 32-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday following a hit-and-run collision on the Doheny Park Road on-ramp to northbound Pacific Coast Highway. The motorcyclist has been identified as Joseph Salazar of Mira Loma, according to an Orange County Coroner press release.

At about 4:42 p.m. on March 13, Salazar, driving a 2016 Harley Davidson, and a man driving a Mercedes Sprinter van entered the northbound Doheny Park Road on-ramp to Pacific Coast Highway, with the van entering ahead of the motorcycle. As Salazar approached the curve on the single-lane ramp, he applied the brakes and skidded approximately 40 feet before losing control of his motorcycle. Salazar was ejected from the motorcycle, the press release said. The driver of the Mercedes van struck Salazar, stopping briefly before fleeing the scene.

Salazar was transported to Mission Hospital. Despite wearing a full-face helmet, he did not recover from his injuries and died three hours later.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether alcohol and drugs may have played a role in the fatal collision.

CHP is asking for help identifying the hit-and-run driver. The van was described as an older model, white in color with black trim—it may have damage on the right side.

Anyone with information regarding the van is asked to call CHP at 949.487.4000

 

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  • Did they find the driver of the van yet? I gave CHP a photo of a Sprinter van with right side damage yesterday.

    • As of press time today, the driver is still at large.

      • This van looks like it has a Mercedes emblem on it! Any leads that can help find the person who hit my son would be appreciated. We know there is someone out there with information and hope that they would come forward.

        • The collision report received from the California Highway Patrol dated 3/13/16 referred to the vehicle as a “Dodge Sprinter Van.” The photo was received later and unfortunately the make of the van was not changed at that time. The correction was made as soon as the inconsistency was discovered.

    • As of today, 4/7/16, they have not. Also the article states that it was a Dodge Van when actually it was a Mercedes Benz Sprinter. I’m hoping the paper will rerun the article with the correction.

    • Its a damn shame he was a good guy, Died too soon. We only just meet him that day too hope the driver is found.

  • The article says it was a Dodge, but the image you used in the article is of a Mercedes.

    • It has been corrected. Thanks for letting us know.
      The collision report received from the California Highway Patrol dated 3/13/16 referred to the vehicle as a “Dodge Sprinter Van.” The photo was received later and unfortunately the make of the van was not changed at that time. The correction was made as soon as the inconsistency was discovered.

    • The collision report received from the California Highway Patrol dated 3/13/16 referred to the vehicle as a “Dodge Sprinter Van.” The photo was received later and unfortunately the make of the van was not changed at that time. The correction was made as soon as the inconsistency was discovered.

  • This is typical of the media to lie after somebody’s dead.how could they have the density to say it’s a Dodge and clearly it’s a Mercedes shows the sick world we live in. With time he’ll be found and he or she will be dealt with. Hey DP Times aren’t you smart enough to notice you Its a Mercedes emblem on that photo shot not a Dodge. Turn yourself in you coward.

    • The collision report received from the California Highway Patrol dated 3/13/16 referred to the vehicle as a “Dodge Sprinter Van.” The photo was received later and unfortunately the make of the van was not changed at that time. The correction was made as soon as the inconsistency was discovered.

  • Did they find the driver yet?

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