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High school student dies in Westminster traffic accident

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

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Kody - you were an amazing person, a great friend, and I'm proud to call you family. I miss you from the depths of my soul. I wish I could bring you back.


What a sad accident -- unfortunately, stories like these indeed only emphasize how high the fatality rate is in teen car crash accidents. The law actually prohibits teens and their peers, especially with new teen drivers from driving around without adult supervision. Aside from distracting peers, teen drivers can also be immature so all these factors increase the risk of an accident. I hope parents talk to their kids more about road safety as well as proper conduct and attitude when driving to prevent accidents like these.


R.I.P. to his poor dead souls... I didn't know him or anything but all my friends did... and its very sad that this event occured... People, Please pray for this young soul... may he rest in paradise...

How sad another school student died in traffic accident.


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