Irvine, California (October 11, 2013) – 81-year-old Newport Beach resident Ellis Bryant was killed in a car crash in Irvine early Friday, according to police.
According to witnesses, Ellis Bryant was turning into a parking lot near Michelson and University at about 7:30 a.m. when his car was struck by vehicle driving westbound on University. The California Vehicle Code states that the left turning vehicle must yield to oncoming traffic. However, the Code does not excuse the oncoming vehicle from yielding to a left turning car if the car is already in control of the intersection or if it is mostly through its turn.
The driver of the car that struck Ellis Bryant, a 34-year-old man, was taken to a nearby hospital but his injuries were not serious. In order to complete their investigation, Irvine police shut down the westbound lanes of University between Michelson and Ridgeline Drive.
Police will likely find Ellis Bryant to be the primary cause of the collision, although the driver of the other car may be a secondary cause of the collision, especially if he was speeding. Police accident reconstructionist will look at the property damage, and other factors such as skid marks to determine if speed was a factor in the accident.