Arda Melikyan, 64, killed and Luke Fitch, 23, injured in wrong-way collision on State Route 73 in Newport Beach, California

Modified Date: 
Wed, 06/17/2020 - 7:03am
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Driver Killed in Wrong-Way Crash Near Newport Beach

The 23-year-old driver of the Mercedes was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center and is in critical condition, while the driver of the BMW, a 65-year-old woman, died at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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That motorist, who was critically injured in the incident, was later identified by authorities as 23-year-old Luke Fitch of Newport Beach. He was transported to OC Global Medical Center in Santa Ana.

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Fitch was going at least 100 mph before the deadly crash occurred, according to the CHP, and was seen speeding erratically on surface streets before getting onto the freeway.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Luke Fitch
Arda Melikyan
State Route 73

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