Accident leaves driver injured, Corvette crushed
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
A car crash in North Tustin has left a driver hospitalized after a concrete light pole crushed his Corvette after a collision with another vehicle on Newport Avenue and Macy Drive.
The red Corvette was hit when a gray Chevy Equinox made an unsafe left turn.The Corvette then crashed into a concrete light pole. The pole fell down and crushed the Corvette, nearly splitting it in half. The injured driver was taken to a hospital for treatment.
California Highway Patrol Officer, Devon Boatman, said the collision was caused by the unsafe left turn made by the driver of the Equinox. Left turns are particularly dangerous of driving maneuvers as they put a vehicle in the path of oncoming traffic. In California, making an unsafe left turn is considered a traffic violation.
California Vehicle Code section 21801 (9a) states:
“The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turen upon a highway, or turn left into a public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”