On Saturday, August 7, 2021, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Laguna Beach Police and Fire Dispatchers received 9-1-1 calls of an injury traffic collision on LagunaCanyon Road just past Laguna College of Art and Design involving a motorcyclist and a vehicle.
Police and Fire personnel arrived within minutes and pronounced the motorcyclist deceased at the
Preliminary investigation revealed that three vehicles and a motorcyclist were traveling outbound approaching the 2300 block of Laguna Canyon Road when the motorcyclist attempted to pass on the left side. At the same time, the driver of one of the three vehicles tried to make an unexpected U-turn, which caused the motorcyclist to collide with the vehicle.
The deceased motorcyclist is identified as 55-year-old Stefano Albano of Corona, California. The driver of the vehicle that attempted to make the U-turn, 68-year-old Becky Merrifield Ettinger of Huntington Beach, California, was arrested for DUI.
Due to the accident, all lanes of Laguna Canyon Road were closed from Broadway at Forest to El Toro Road from 10:25 p.m. to 5:45 a.m., and traffic was rerouted. This traffic collision is still under investigation.