Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman has released an audio recording of the Menlo Park Fire District's response to a Tuesday, Sept. 22, collision on U.S. Highway 101 in East Palo Alto that left a motorcyclist dead.
Schapelhouman said the incident was an example of how emergency crews are delayed by heavy traffic, particularly during commute hours.
The crash was reported at 5:46 p.m. on south Hwy. 101 just north of Embarcadero Road. The first firefighters arrived on scene at 5:56 p.m., Schapelhouman said.
The California Highway Patrol said the motorcyclist's death was reported to dispatchers just before 6 p.m.
The firefighters were unable to meet the fire district's standard of responding to such emergencies within seven minutes, Chief Schapelhouman said. While acknowledging that in this incident, an earlier arrival might not have saved the motorcyclist's life, it could make a difference in another incident.
The San Mateo County coroner's office identified the motorcyclist as Ronald Barbaran Garcia, 27, of Union City.
To listen to the recording, click here.