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O.C. motorist killed by tree is identified

Car_tree1A woman who was killed when a 50-foot eucalyptus tree fell on her car in Costa Mesa was identified Thursday night as Haeyoon Miller, 29, the Orange County coroner's office said.

The coroner did not list a cause of death, citing a pending autopsy. Miller was a Tustin resident.

The accident occurred Thursday afternoon at 17th Street and Irvine Avenue.

The tree tumbled on what appeared to be a blue Hyundai Accent GS, crumpling the entire midsection. Workers on Thursday afternoon were cutting up the tree.

A Costa Mesa Urban Search and Rescue unit attempted to lift the tree, but it fell back down, according to witnesses.

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Photo: A car lies crushed beneath a fallen tree on Irvine Avenue near 17th Street in Costa Mesa on Thursday.  Credit: Don Barletti/Los Angeles Times.

 
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