The rain waned considerably in Orange County on Wednesday, but not before a car skidded off a bridge in Irvine, seriously injuring its driver.
Mandy A. Harris, 20, of Irvine was taken to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana in critical condition after the 7:30 a.m. accident on the northbound transition from MacArthur Boulevard to the Corona del Mar Freeeway.
"She was going about 65 mph and lost control in the heavy downpour," said California Highway Patrol Officer David Ferrer.
Harris' 1985 Corvette then "slid to the right," Ferrer said, "went down the top of the bridge railing about 100 feet, rotated over the top and overturned onto MacArthur Boulevard 30 feet below."
At another hospital, meanwhile, the victim of a rain-related accident Tuesday died of his injuries.
Richard Lavigne, 58, of Dana Point died at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo after his car careened into an SUV that had slid across the San Diego Freeway near Lake Forest Drive and hit a barrier in the rain.