IRVINE, California (March 13, 2013) – Pedestrians Sharon and Richard Crowell, both of Irvine, were killed Tuesday morning when a 17-year-old driver veered off Eastwood near Venta Spur Trail and struck them while they were walking on the sidewalk, according to a press release by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.
The Irvine Police Department responded to the car crash scene and found Richard, 69, severely injured and lying in the roadway. He was transported by ambulance to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he later died at 8:03 a.m., the coroner reported.
Sharon Crowell, 62, was trapped underneath the vehicle and died at the scene of the crash about 7:21 a.m., the coroner said.
According to an article in the Orange County Register, police told reporters that the driver was a student at Northwood High School who was on his way to school when for unknown reasons he drove up onto the sidewalk and into the Crowells. The vehicle eventually came to a stop when it struck a retainer wall and a tree. The driver of the Honda was not injured in the crash, the Register said.
“There are no words that can comfort the family and friends of this couple as they cope with such an incredible loss,” Attorney West Thomas said. “The thoughts and prayers of our staff are with them as they try to piece together what happened and come to terms with his death.”
Witnesses are asked to call Irvine police Sgt. Matt August at 949-724-7023.
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Sources: http://ws.ocsd.org/EServices/PressReleases_Default.aspx, http://www.ocregister.com/news/police-499428-crash-irvine.html
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