Four Injured in 4-Vehicle Collision on Pacific Coast Highway — file photo

Couple Killed in 4-Vehicle Crash, Four Injured Including 15-year-old Student Driver

UPDATE:  The Orange County Sheriff Coroner has Identified Kerensa Donselman, 32, and John Knowles, 43, both of Capistrano Beach as the two people who died in the crash.

DANA POINT, California (Oct. 15, 2013) – Two people are dead and four were injured Sunday afternoon in a 4-vehicle crash involving a suspected drunk driver on Pacific Coast Highway at Beach Road, according to a KABC report.

About 1:20 p.m., a 43-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were both killed in the crash, three people were hospitalized and one person suffered minor injuries, the report said.

The crash took place when driver of a Volkswagen Jetta heading northbound on PCH attempted to pass a Mini-Cooper driven by a student driver. As the driver attempted to pass the slower vehicle on the two-lane road, the Jetta struck two drivers in a van and a sedan on the opposite side of the roadway.  The Jetta hit a white minivan and a Honda Civic and then the vehicle split into two. The two people inside the Jetta died at the scene of the accident.

The white minivan overturned onto its side and a 49-year-old man and 50-year-old woman inside were seriously injured and a 53-year-old woman was injured in the Honda Civic.

A Mini-Cooper traveling in the same direction as the Volkswagen was also involved in the crash, but its 15-year-old student driver suffered only minor injuries. The driving instructor in the vehicle was not hurt.

Paramedics transported the injured by ambulance to Mission Regional Trauma Center. The incident is under investigation by the Orange County Major Accident Reconstruction Team.