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Motorist shot by police after six-car collision in Laguna Beach dies

January 13, 2010 |  1:06 pm

A 25-year-old Foothill Ranch man who was shot by police while trying to flee the scene of a six-car, high-speed collision in Laguna Beach has died, officials said.

Colby Joshua Koenig died at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo on Tuesday night, said Jim Amormino, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

The collision and shooting occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday on Pacific Coast Highway at Saint Anns Drive.

Police and firefighters were responding to the high-speed collision when Koenig tried to drive off in a heavily damaged black Mitsubishi Lancer, said Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz.

Officers opened fire on the driver in the 200 block of Saint Anns Drive, northeast of the intersection, firing multiple shots.

Two others in the collision were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told police that the suspect was speeding, driving on the wrong side of Pacific Coast Highway and running red lights as he headed north from Dana Point, Kravetz said.

Kravetz said the motorist crashed into several vehicles, then tried to drive away from the scene, prompting at least one officer to open fire. Witnesses at the scene said the motorist appeared to be driving his vehicle toward some pedestrians.

Kravetz said he was not sure what prompted the shooting. He said there were officers close enough to the car to shout to the driver and order him to halt.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

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