Santa Ana, CA – U.S. Border Patrol Agent Alex Franco, 35, was killed on Saturday, Dec. 23 in a motorcycle crash. He was off-duty at the time.
He was killed one day before his wedding anniversary, two days before Christmas, and a couple of weeks before his daughter’s second birthday.
The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. on Ortega Highway, according to The Orange County Register.
Agent Franco, of Lake Elsinore, was driving eastbound on Ortega Highway on a 2018 Triumph when his motorcycle drifted into the westbound lane and collided with a 2010 Nissan pickup truck, according to a California Highway Patrol (CHP) report from CHP Officer Rafael Reynoso.
A friend, Anna Rich, said that Agent Franco was taking a blind turn near mile marker 16 eastbound and got into the opposing lane. He was struck head on by a truck.
Agent Franco died instantly, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The CHP said that it was not clear whether speed was a factor, and the other driver was not injured.
“On behalf of the San Diego Sector and the entire Border Patrol family, our sincerest condolences and prayers are with the family and friends of Agent Franco during this very difficult time,” said Ralph DeSio, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A fundraiser through YouCaring has been established to help his wife with expenses.
Agent Franco was an eight-year veteran of the Border Patrol. He is survived by his wife Jo, his son Alex Jr, and his daughter Evelyn.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Alex Franco, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.