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Updated: Unlikely Death of Crash Victim Prompts Autopsy

Investigators are conducting an autopsy on an 88-year-old woman, who died after she was hospitalized for a broken arm suffered in a four-care wreck.

An autopsy was pending today in the death of an 88-year-old Mission Viejo woman injured in a collision in Laguna Niguel Friday, an Orange County sheriff's lieutenant said today.

Clarice Jordan was involved in a four-vehicle collision at Crown Valley Parkway and Greenfield Drive, suffering a broken arm, about 12:20 p.m. and taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, where she was declared dead about 5:20 p.m., according to Orange County sheriff's Lt. Steve Gil.

Because Jordan died, traffic investigators will start a "deeper investigation'' on Monday, he said.

"We had no reason to believe it would end the way it did,'' Gil said.

No information was made available about the circumstances of the collision or who may have been at fault.

"I was one of the people caught in this traffic jam immediately after the accident happened and was trapped there for 35 minutes before any traffic could move," said Laguna Niguel resident Shirley Dickter. "Traffic was a nightmare. I didn't get upset until all the people started using the emergency lane to barge in front of whoever they possibly could."

She added that it was a terrible accident and that there was also a non-injury accident at the same time at nearby Cabot and Crown Valley Parkway by

"Then to top if off, someone called right after the accidents to report the welders in front of Costco were welding without glasses on, and she was afraid they would harm their eyes," Dickter said. "I swear law enforcement gets more than their share of humor every day."

--City News Service

Anila Whitney Miller July 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
How does someone die after breaking their arm?
Anila Whitney Miller July 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Shirley, I have a dear friend who is 89, an active Realtor in San Marino....and drives her car and lives a productive, independent life. Why would you be surprised that an 88 yr old lady is able to drive? I'd rather have an older person behind the wheel of a car rather than an 18 yr old who is "multi-tasking" as she drives.... :-)
Shirley July 16, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Anila, Both are equally dangerous & you know it. A person dies after an accident from an illness that no one could see. I hate to get graphic but we don't wear bibs disclosing our illnesses in case of car accident.
Joe Promedio July 16, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Shirley, Your comments amount to age discrimination. If someone can pass the driving test they should be allowed to drive. It shouldn't be based on your age.
J Supports July 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
4 Care Wreck?

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