Press Release: 62nd Traffic Fatality
Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 6:51 PM
Location: 10300 Gateway North Blvd.
Vehicle: 2003 Buick Century
Driver: 20 –year old Abril Janeth Garcia of the 5500 block of Alabama St.
Vehicle: 2018 Can-Am Spyder Motorcycle
Driver: 63 –year old Eartha Jean Jones of the 10900 Ernie Banks Dr. (Deceased)
Vehicle: 2015 Toyota Camry
Driver: 62 –year old Rafaela Alamos Moraga of the 4500 block of Hellas Dr.
Special Traffic Investigators were called yesterday evening to a fatal collision involving a motorcycle and 2 vehicles. The preliminary investigation indicated 63 –year old Eartha Jean Jones was northbound in the center lane at the 10300 block of Gateway North Blvd. 20 –year old Abril Janeth Garcia made a right turn from Junction Ave., onto Gateway North, into the same lane. Jones and Garcia changed lanes into the left lane simultaneously, causing Jones to veer back to the center lane. As Jones attempted to make the lane change, her 2018 Can-Am Spyder Motorcycle collided with the 2003 Buick Century driven by Garcia. The collision caused Jones to be ejected from her vehicle and land in the lane of traffic. 62 –year old Rafaela Alamos Moraga was unable to avoid striking Jones as she was northbound in the center lane. Jones sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival. This is the 62nd traffic fatality of 2020, compared to 56 this time last year.