Pedestrian killed near South Coast Plaza after being hit by debris from car [Updated]
A 23-year-old recent graduate of UC Irvine has died of head injuries sustained when she was struck by debris from a car crash near South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa police confirmed Wednesday.
Jessica Hoke died last Friday — three days after she was hit in the head by debris at 8 a.m. as she was standing at a corner and waiting to cross the street, police said.
The Nov. 30 crash reportedly was caused by a 17-year-old driver who ran a red light in a pickup truck and collided with two cars near the intersection of Sunflower and Stevens avenues.
Hoke was walking to work at South Coast Plaza, her uncle said in an interview. She had recently been hired by the H&M store at South Coast and had dreamed of moving on to working for H&M in New York, he said.
-- Sarah Peters, Times Community News
[Correction: An earlier version of this post had a headline stating the accident occurred in front of South Coast Plaza. It actually occurred near the mall.]