Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Laguna Beach Police Department
505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Paul Workman
Chief of Police
June 18, 2014
Fatality Accident Involving a Bicyclist
At 6:56 pm last evening, Laguna Beach Police and Fire Dispatchers began receiving several “911” calls from motorists who witnessed an accident on North Coast Highway at Emerald Bay.  Some callers reported the incident as being between a white Toyota Prius and a bicyclist.
The callers said the Prius fled the scene and was northbound on Coast Highway.  It was followed by another witness who called “911” and said the vehicle stopped in the El Morro Elementary School parking lot at 8681 North Coast Highway.  The 19 year old Laguna Beach male driver was detained by arriving officers and brought to the Laguna Beach Police Department to be interviewed.  
Prior to the accident, the Prius was traveling northbound in the number two lane of North Coast Highway in the Emerald Bay area.  The bicyclist was also traveling northbound on the right side of the roadway.  For an unknown reason, the Prius struck the bicyclist.   The rider of the bicycle received major injuries and was transported to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and then transferred to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.  Tragically, 55 year old John Greg Colvin of Laguna Beach passed away at 11:32 pm from his injuries.
The accident is under investigation and the name of the 19 year old Prius driver is not being released at this time.  He was not arrested or cited last evening.  

For further information, please contact:  Captain Jason C. Kravetz at (949) 497-0307 or via email at or Sergeant Louise Callus at (949) 464-6671 or via mail at

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