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Published on May 27, 2024
Half Moon Bay Community Mourns as Mayor’s Son Dies in Tragic Motorcycle CollisionSource: Google Street View

A fatal accident claimed the life of a local man in Half Moon Bay on Saturday evening, sending shockwaves through the community. According to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, a collision at Highway 1 and Mirada Rd. intersection involved a pickup truck and a motorcycle at around 5:45 p.m. Despite quick medical attention provided by a volunteer firefighter before EMS arrived, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Adding to the gravity of the situation, the motorcyclist was later identified as 28-year-old Joaquin Dominik Jimenez Alvarado, son of Half Moon Bay Mayor Joaquin Jimenez. This revelation has cast a solemn mood on the already grief-stricken community, the driver of the pickup stayed at the location and has been cooperating with law enforcement as they delve into the details of the accident. As part of the investigation, the Sheriff's Office Major Accident Investigation Team was called in, resulting in Highway 1's closure for nearly six hours, which caused significant rerouting of traffic until the area was cleared around 11:30 p.m.

In an outpouring of sympathy, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus released a statement, as reported by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, "Our hearts and thoughts are with Mayor Jimenez and his entire family during this time of unimaginable loss." The sheriff emphasized the community's need to unify in support of the bereaved family, saying, "No one is ever prepared for such unexpected tragedies, and when they strike so close to home, they affect us all profoundly."

The investigation into the cause of the collision is still ongoing, and the Sheriff’s Office has not yet determined or released additional details surrounding the events leading to the fatal encounter. While the community reels from the shock of losing one of its own, traffic patterns have since returned to normal, and law enforcement is hard at work unraveling the circumstances of what led to this tragic incident.