Police Investigate Cause of Fatal Crash in Westminster

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WESTMINSTER (CNS) - Three people were hospitalized Wednesday following a single-car crash into a sewer project construction site in Westminster that killed one of the passengers.

The victim who was killed was identified as 18-year-old Jayda Jean Feeney of Huntington Beach, according to Orange County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Steinle.

The driver and two other passengers who survived the Tuesday night crash at Westminster Boulevard and Rancho Road were hospitalized, according to Commander Kevin MacCormick of the Westminster Police Department.

The 18-year-old driver, who underwent emergency surgery, was expected to remain hospitalized another eight to 10 days, MacCormick said. Investigators were working on a search warrant to test his blood to see if he was impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, MacCormick said.

The other two victims, who are 16, also underwent surgery following the crash, he said.

Police were called at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday to the scene, where the car crashed through concrete barricades and ended up teetering over a "huge trench" built for the county's sewer project construction, according to MacCormick. A chain-link fence held the vehicle back from going over the edge into the hole, he added.

Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call Sgt. Anil Adam at 714- 548-3770. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855- TIP-OCCS.

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