Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Rancho Santa Fe; One Dead, One Seriously Injured

UPDATE: The passenger has been identified as 49-year-old, Stephanie Lynn England.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.


In a tragic motorcycle accident in Rancho Santa Fe on Via De Fortuna, one person has been killed and another has been seriously injured.  The male, who survived has been identified as William Jimenez, 58, and was the driver of the motorcycle.  Jimenez’s passenger who died on the scene has not yet been identified.  Jimenez was driving his Harley Davidson northbound on Via De Fortuna when for unknown reasons went off-road and collided with several trees, brush and a fence.  His passenger was pinned underneath the motorcycle and Jimenez was transported to the local Scripps La Jolla Hospital nearby.

While the investigation is currently still pending, it is not clear what caused the crash.  There are many reasons other than driver error that could have caused this crash including:

  • Product Liability: there are many dangerous products that are put into the consumer marketplace every year.  Cars and motorcycle are no exception.
  • Dangerous Roads: there are many roads and highways that have become dangerous because of some faulty design or natural changes – every year many people are injured or killed due to a road design defect

Read our Article:  Dangerous Roads for Motorcycles

We will continue to follow this story and will provide information as it becomes available.  For more information, please order a free copy of Accidents Happen: A Consumers Guide to California’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death System.  There is a chapter dedicated to both motorcycle accidents and another dedicated to wrongful death claims.

An immediate investigation must be conducted into the causes of this crash.  All evidence should be preserved, witnesses need to be identified and all the foundation should begin to properly evaluate this claim.  For more than 22 years, our law firm has not only investigated these types of claims, but we have represented families of catastrophic crashes and have prosecuted these claims to the fullest extent of the law through litigation and trial.  For a free legal consultation, please call us today (888) 845-9696.


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