IRVINE, CA (October 11, 2013): At approximately 7:30 a.m., Irvine Police Department Officers and Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded to a report of a traffic collision involving two vehicles near the intersection of University and Michelson. One driver, an 81 year-old male from Newport Beach, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other driver, a 34 year-old male, was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The cause and details surrounding the collision are currently under investigation. Preliminary information indicates the 81 year-old driver was turning in to a parking lot near the intersection of Michelson and University when he was struck by the other driver who was travelling westbound on University.
All lanes of westbound University are closed between Michelson and Ridgeline while the Irvine Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team conducts the investigation. The roadway will be closed for several more hours and a Sigalert has been issued.
The identity of the deceased driver is not being released until notification of next of kin. Traffic investigators are asking for any persons who may have witnessed the collision to contact Detective Jonathan Cherney at (949) 724-7024.
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