Coroner: Driver dies after suffering heart attack while driving

A Laguna Niguel man died Thursday after the vehicle he was driving struck a pole in a parking lot in Costa Mesa, authorities said.

Steven Takei, 56, appeared to have a heart attack while behind the wheel in the 24 Hour Fitness parking lot in the 500 block of Anton Boulevard, according to Costa Mesa police Lt. Rob Sharpnack.

Takei was found unresponsive in his vehicle, and witnesses reported seeing the vehicle slowly crash into the pole, according to the county coroner's office.

Takei died at Coastal Communities Hospital in Santa Ana on Thursday.

— Lauren Williams

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