A man was killed late Monday while crossing South Coast Highway at
Eagle Rock Way in a marked and lighted crosswalk, police said.
It is the second crosswalk fatality in 12 months.
Jaime Ramirez, 20, of Mexico, was transported to Mission Hospital
in Mission Viejo, where he died of injuries. Jaime Ramirez's cousin,
Marcos Ramirez,19, was also injured in the accident. He's in serious
condition at Mission Hospital.
The two men were hit in the marked crosswalk, illuminated by
flashing lights, by a 49-year-old Tustin man driving a Toyota
Police identified the driver as Paul Schiada, 49, of Tustin.
Both a field sobriety test administered at the scene and a
voluntary blood sample revealed the driver was not under the
influence of alcohol or drugs, police said.
Jaime and Marcos Ramirez were in Laguna Beach staying with
relatives in the 31600 block of South Coast Highway, said Sgt. Darin
This is the second pedestrian in one year to be hit and killed by
a car, while crossing in a Laguna crosswalk.
Olimpia Ordonez, 27, of Santa Ana, was killed and her sister was
injured after they were struck crossing South Coast Highway at
Mountain Road during an October rainstorm.
Ordonez was on her way to a Laguna Beach home where she worked as
a nanny, when she was hit by an elderly woman driving an SUV. Her
36-year-old sister, also from Santa Ana, suffered head and neck
injuries, but survived the accident.
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