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Woman showing Corvette to would-be buyer dies in Laguna Hills crash [Updated]

February 17, 2010 |  2:38 pm

A woman was killed and her passenger injured Wednesday morning when her sports car crashed in Laguna Hills while she was driving it for a prospective buyer, officials said.

The Laguna Hills woman was driving her 2003 Chevrolet Corvette at high speed when she apparently lost control of the car while turning off Lake Forest Drive onto Mill Creek Drive, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

The car hit a curb, careened off a tree and broadsided another tree before coming to a stop, Amormino said.

“We don’t have an estimate of how fast [she was driving], but speed is definitely factor,” he said.

The driver, who was in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity was being withheld until her family was notified of her death. [Updated at 3:04 p.m.: Amormino identified her as Amy Thomas, 29, a mother of four from Laguna Hills.]

The prospective buyer, a woman in her late 20s, was taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries, Amormino said. [Updated, 9:06 p.m.: Orange County sheriff's officials now say the injured passenger was a man.]

-- Alexandra Zavis