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6 Killed in 4 Traffic Accidents

November 11, 2001|TINA BORGATTA and JACK LEONARD | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

Six people were killed in Orange County traffic accidents Friday night and Saturday morning. Three of them died in a fiery crash on Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano.

In the first accident, a 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed about 7:30 p.m. Friday in a crash with a hit-and-run vehicle in an unincorporated area near Westminster.

Another motorcyclist was struck and killed by a car about 10 a.m. Saturday when she tried to cross several lanes of traffic to get off Interstate 5 near Lake Forest Drive. Susan Devoe of Huntington Beach, 52, died at the scene, police said.

The three-death accident occurred about 11:45 p.m. Friday on Interstate 5 north of Ortega Highway when a van stopped without its lights on in the fast lane, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officials said it was unclear why the van had stopped, but it was struck by a pickup truck traveling about 70 mph. The van burst into flames, officials said.

All three people in the van died at the scene. The driver of the pickup was taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo with minor injuries.

In Brea, a motorist hit the center divider of the Orange Freeway about 2 a.m. Saturday, causing a three-car pileup that left a Ford Mustang in flames and its driver dead.

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