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Couple allegedly killed by teen driver identified

March 12, 2013 | 11:20 pm

The Orange County coroner’s office late Tuesday released the names of an Irvine couple who police say were struck and killed by a teenage driver on his way to school.

Sharon Crowell, 61, and her husband, Richard Crowell, 65, were walking on Eastwood near the Venta Spur trail in Irvine about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, when a Honda veered off the residential street and plowed into the couple, police said.

The driver of the car, a 17-year-old boy who was on his way to school, was not hurt, and has been cooperating with investigators, said Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen. His name has not been released because of his age.

Coroner's officials said the cause of death for the Crowells has not been determined, pending autopsies.

Sharon Crowell, who authorities say was caught up in debris and uprooted shrubs in the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Richard Crowell was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.


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Photo: Neighbors visit the site at Eastwood and Venta Spur Trail in Irvine where  Sharon Crowell, 61, and her husband Richard  Crowell, 65, were killed by a 17-year-old driver while walking on the sidewalk. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times