ACCIDENT: Newport Beach / Irvine border on June 15, 2021

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1 Killed in Crash on 73 Toll Road Near Newport Beach, Irvine Border


Around 3:55 pm, two vehicles collided on southbound 73 leaving one man dead.

According to witness reports, a white 2020 BMW 540i may have been speeding when it rear-ended a red 1959 Jaguar XK150 coupe.  Following the collision, the Jaguar struck a highway sign and rolled over several times.

The driver of the Jaguar sustained traumatic injuries and died at the scene.  The driver of the BMW, 19-year-old Erik Arakelyan of Glendale, sustained only minor injures after slamming into a concrete center divider.

The accident took place on the 73 between Irvine Avenue and Birch Street. Traffic was shutdown in both directions for about 4 hours while an investigation was conducted.

The driver of the BMW was arrested the next day on suspicion of causing the fatal crash.

Cefali & Cefali wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of the victim of the terrible crash.


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