James E. Ballidis
In a span of about 15 minutes early last Sunday morning, 53-year-old Kyung Namgoong was killed and three people were injured in two freeway crashes involving a wrong-way driver. Kyung was a passenger in the vehicle involved in the first head-on collision, which occurred on the westbound 91 Freeway near Coal Canyon at about 1:47 a.m. The second collision occurred on the eastbound 241 Toll Road near Weir Canyon Road at 2:02 a.m. She was pronounced dead at 2:52 a.m.; the condition of the three people who were injured has not been released to the public. Authorities are investigating whether drugs or alcohol contributed to these crashes, explains an auto accident attorney in Orange County.
Anaheim accounted for 13 of the 101 fatalities and 2,769 of the 16,620 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants throughout Orange County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Anaheim ranked 4th out of 13 cities for fatal and injury accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Kyung Namgoong, the woman who was killed in the crash with the wrong-way driver. We would also like to wish the three people who were injured a full recovery.
The Orange County Register originally reported these two Anaheim accidents.
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