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High school student dies in Westminster traffic accident

September 22, 2010 | 10:41 pm

Westminster police Wednesday night were investigating whether speeding or horseplay were factors in a traffic accident that claimed the life of an 18-year-old high school student.

Kody Kessler, a Westminster resident who attended Ocean View High in Huntington Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene at Rancho Road near Spa Drive, police said. The accident occurred about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Kessler was a passenger in the Chevrolet pickup that smashed through a chain-link fence and plunged into a flood-control channel, said Officer Van Woodson of the Westminster Police Department.

He said the driver was an 18-year-old student who attends Marina High School in Huntington Beach. Another 18-year-old Ocean View student was the second passenger in the vehicle. Both were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Woodson.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (714) 548-3830.

-- Robert J. Lopez