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Updated at 4:25 p.m., July 11
By Eric Heinz
A woman in her early-30s and a man in his mid-30s died as a result of their injuries from a motorcycle collision that occurred about 12:20 a.m. Sunday on northbound Interstate 5 near Avenida Vista Hermosa, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.
Orange County Coroner reported Christopher Goodrich, 35, was the driver, and Luz Goodrich, 32, was the passenger. Both victims were Lakeside residents. Luz’s birthday was on Saturday.
On Monday, July 11, California Highway Patrol released the details of the incident.
According to the CHP report, 65-year-old Stephen Godfrey was driving under the influence and driving too fast in the lane where Luz and Christopher were traveling.
The left front of Godfrey’s 1999 Toyota Camry Solara collided with the back of the motorcycle they were riding and ejected both passengers from the motorcycle.
Godfrey has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and is currently being held on $100,000 bail.
The traffic was so congested after the accident, Concialdi said, that some OCFA paramedics had to travel the wrong way from Camino De Estrella down the 5 to reach the patients.
“They both had extensive injuries to their heads, and they were taken to Mission Hospital in critical condition,” Concialdi said. “Our paramedics did everything they could to save them, but they were both pronounced dead in the trauma room at Mission.”
Both of the victims were wearing their helmets, Concialdi said.
Anyone with information regarding the accident or questions can call the CHP Capistrano office at 949.487.4000.