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Teen bicyclist succumbs to injuries from collision

June 19, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A teenage bicyclist who was hit by a drunk driver died Monday, according to police.

Jessica Poungchailpuek, 16, of Buena Park was westbound on Crescent Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Sunday when a Chevrolet Suburban ran a red light at 40 mph and crashed into her, police said. She suffered major head trauma and was airlifted to UCI Medical Center in Orange.

George Bridgeforth Jr., the driver of the SUV, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter. Bridgeforth, 29, of Los Angeles, is in custody and ineligible for bail, police said. His father, George Bridgeforth Sr., 56, was a passenger and was arrested on suspicion of providing false information to police and obstructing an investigation.

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