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CHPBy Allison Jarrell

One woman is dead and two other pedestrians are injured after being hit by a motorhome Thursday morning in a San Juan Capistrano Park and Ride parking lot, authorities said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting the incident off of Junipero Serra Road and Interstate 5 around 7:45 a.m. Thursday before notifying California Highway Patrol of the collision, according to CHP Officer Pete Kim.

Kim said the incident occurred when a man driving a 19- to 20-foot motorhome in the Park and Ride lot was trying to get into a parking space on his left. His view was reportedly obstructed by items in his vehicle, so he did not see parked vehicles and pedestrians waiting for a bus to his right.

As he was trying to park the motorhome, the driver hit a parked car and a pedestrian, who was then “thrown into another parked car,” Kim said. The driver hit two more pedestrians—a man and a woman—and several other cars were pushed together due to the impact. Kim said the driver was not speeding through the parking lot.

The three pedestrians who were hit were transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where two are currently being treated for minor injuries. The woman who was hit and thrown into a car was declared dead at the hospital.

The Orange County Coroner has not yet released the identity of the deceased woman.

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  • Such a tragic waste of life… it only takes a second to make sure that you and others around you are safe. We see this scenario so many times a day that people don’t treat having a driver’s license and driving a privilege! It seems like most people think… it’s their right to drive!!! And, until we look at it the other way in which it was intended to be, there will be more tragedies like this one. I pray people wake up and take notice. This is not worth destroying a family’s life.

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