The motorcylist who was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle crash on a freeway onramp in East Pasadena was publicly identified today by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office as Carlos Kapun, 51, of El Monte.
Responding to a call of a â€œperson downâ€ at about 3:42 a.m. Saturday, Pasadena Fire Dept. responders found the man lying prone in a gutter on the onramp and a motorcycle helmet on the ground about 30 yards away.
Kapun was pronounced dead at the scene by Pasadena Fire Dept. personnel at 3:53 a.m., department spokesperson Lisa Derderian said Saturday.
Emergency personnel did not immediately see a motorcycle near the victim. It was ultimately located near a curve in the overpass above the victim’s location with its lights still on, almost 200 yards away.
Authorities say the motorcycle had damage consistent with hitting the overpass railing.
Ironically, Pasadena police had scheduled a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation for Sunday, July 14 at accident-prone areas and places frequented by motorcyclists.
The operation’s purpose was to curb the rate of motorcycle-related accidents. Authorities said additional officers will be on duty to heed violations by drivers and motorcyclists that could lead to motorcycle crashes, including drug or alcohol intoxication while driving, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.