A 35-year-old Anaheim man is dead and a Los Angeles police officer is critically injured after two related motorcycle accidents near Disneyland early today.
Arthur Vargas Jr. was killed in an accident that took place at about 2 a.m. on Disneyland Drive just north of Magic Way, according to the Orange County coroner's office. He hit a wall along the northbound lanes of the roadway, likely because he was going too fast, said Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez.
Los Angeles Police Department police officer Mike Toth, 45, was headed to work on a police motorcycle from his Garden Grove home at about 4:30 a.m. when he came upon the northbound lanes of Disneyland Drive, which were closed for the death investigation. The road leads to the northbound Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway.
The officer made a U-turn and was hit by a GMC Envoy SUV coming southbound. The officer may not have realized that the southbound lanes were open, and there is a curve in the road and shrubs that may have blocked the view of the officer and the woman driving the SUV, Martinez said.
The SUV hit the motorcycle and then a traffic signal. The woman driving the SUV was taken to a local hospital complaining of pain in her neck.
Toth, who is married and has two sons, has been on the Los Angeles force for nine years and is assigned to the West Traffic Division. He was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he is reported to be in critical condition, Martinez said.