UPDATE: Canyon Crash Victims Identified; Third Driver Being Sought

Two men were killed and another was injured in the two-car accident early Tuesday.

UPDATE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 3: Both victims of the crash have been identified. They are Alberto Casique-Salinas, 46, of Anaheim, and Armando Garcia-Gonzales, 38, of Santa Ana.

KTLA identified Robert M. Pettis, a Laguna Beach ear, nose and throat doctor, as the driver of the Tesla.

The driver of a third car, a Mercedes Benz, who was not at the scene when emergency crews arrived, is being sought for questioning by Laguna Beach police. Something had apparently occurred between Pettis and the driver of the Mercedes, which caused Pettis to swerve into the southbound lane and collide head on with the Honda.

The all-electric Tesla weighs 4,700 pounds, while the Honda Accord weighs 2,700, according to Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz.

Sgt. Louise Callus of the LBPD tells Patch that alcohol does not appear to be a factor.


UPDATE, 9:43 P.M. TUESDAY: The passenger in the Honda has been identified as 38-year-old Armando Garcia-Gonzales. The driver's name is still being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

ORIGINAL POST: Two men were killed this morning in a head-on collision on Laguna Canyon Road that involved a Tesla, authorities said.

The collision occurred about 6:40 a.m. on Laguna Canyon Road between El Toro Road and the 73 toll road, Laguna Beach police Sgt. Louise Callus said.

Two men in a Honda Accord died at the scene. Their names were withheld, pending notification of their next of kin. The driver of the other vehicle, a Tesla, was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo for treatment of minor injuries.

According to the preliminary investigation, the northbound Tesla "for an unknown reason, veered into oncoming traffic," Callus stated. The Laguna Beach Police Department is being assisted by the Orange County Crime Lab in the investigation of the incident.

Laguna Canyon Road was closed in the area while an investigation was conducted, a closure that was continuing nearly three hours afterward.


-- City News Service

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Richard Wielder May 05, 2013 at 08:31 AM
To BlamBoom; While the terms engine and motor are very similar and considered by many to be fungible, some refer to fossil fuel power plants as "engines"and to electric power plants as "motors." It's a matter of semantics, but many would argue that Deborah's statement that "The Tesla is an electric car, has no engine, thus no revving possible" is accurate. If you accept the definitions of engine and motor above, it is absolutely correct. Moreover, a Tesla cannot rev it's power plant. Pressing the accelerator with the car in park or neutral does not make it turn. During heavy acceleration the motor makes a faint sound, which would probably not be audible over the sound of the tires, or the revving of the Mercedes. But I wonder what kind of sadistic gratification a person like BlamBoom derives from castigating someone for the syntax of their comment about an horrific, fatal accident? Who should be embarrassed by their thoughtless, callous, gratuitous and arguably incorrect comment? I suspect it is that of a narcissist who regularly says things worthy of scorn and shame though such people are often oblivious to to the contemptible nature of their utterances, expressed with such sound and furry, signifying nothing. The accident was a heartbreaking tragedy. The comment of BlamBoom is a sad commentary on the vile way the wonderful public forum the internet provides is abused by egotists and idiots. I am saddened by both.
Richard Wielder May 05, 2013 at 08:44 AM
to Engines: My comment applies to you as well. In fact, congratulations on being the first to make a fool of yourself. At worst, Deborah did not express herself eloquently, though I still say her comment is not wrong, depending on how you define engine and motor. But what is the value of blasting a person who expressed a valid point in a way that might be interpreted in more than one way, especially when the words at the core of the controversy are vague and considered interchangeable by some, but not all people. Maybe you are the silly and grossly misinformed one. You sure are petty and arrogant.
Kevin Smith August 06, 2013 at 09:29 AM
So who was at fault ? Is the investigation over?


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