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Corvette driver is killed in Huntington Beach crash, police say

March 28, 2010 |  1:01 pm
A 54-year-old man was killed Saturday in Huntington Beach after crashing his vehicle into a streetlight and a tree, authorities said.

Sparky D. Wilbur was driving a black Chevrolet Corvette east on Indianapolis Avenue about 8:15 p.m. at a high rate of speed when he lost control and hit a light pole and then a tree on the sidewalk near Magnolia Street, Huntington Beach police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger in the car was transported to UCI Medical Center with minor injuries.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor, police said. In July 2008, the Daily Pilot reported that Wilbur had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Wilbur’s name is listed as a past participant in several motor-sports racing events.

Anyone who saw the crash occur is asked to call the Huntington Beach police traffic bureau at (714) 536-5666.

-- Corina Knoll