Pedestrian killed in collision involving on-duty state parks officer near Crystal Cove State Park

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A pedestrian was killed in a collision on East Coast Highway at Reef Point Drive involving an on-duty California Parks Department officer, police said.
(Daily Pilot)

A pedestrian died Tuesday after being hit by a state-owned truck near Crystal Cove State Park, police said.

Just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Newport Beach Police Department received a call from California State Parks dispatch about a single-vehicle collision near East Coast Highway and Reef Point Drive.

A pedestrian, who was struck by an on-duty state parks officer, died at the scene, Newport police spokeswoman Heather Rangel said.


The Orange County coroner’s office identified the deceased as Brad Infanger, 41. Infanger is believed to have been homeless.

An autopsy is expected later this week, according to the coroner’s office.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made, Rangel said.

Lanes were closed in both directions for about seven hours, police said, promoting a SigAlert that ended at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

“Because this is an active and open investigation, state parks cannot provide further comment [at] this time,” California State Parks spokesman Eric Dymmel said Wednesday afternoon.

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