LAGUNA NIGUEL (July 4, 2013) – LuzAnna Malec was killed and her husband critically injured after a car jumped the curb and struck them while they were walking on the sidewalk in Laguna Niguel. The accident happened shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Golden Lantern north of Beacon Hill Way. The couple were walking along Golden Lantern when a car jumped onto the curb and struck them.
LuzAnna Malec died at the scene. Her husband of over 30 years, Tom Malec, was rushed to Mission Regional Hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the vehicle which struck them has been identified as a 43 year old man. Police suspect he was under the influence and detained him for further evaluation. If found to be under the influence, he will be held responsible for the death of LuzAnna Malec via criminal charges in Santa Ana and will be charged with manslaughter. If he has a prior DUI, he will be charged with murder.
Her family also has a civil wrongful death claim against the driver.
LuzAnna Malec was a wealth management investment banker at Wells Fargo. As a certified financial planner and wealth manager, she was a speaker at area events and also authored the book Near Ready Unsteady, Reviving that Dream of a Meaningful and Sound Retirement. She led a healthy lifestyle that included playing tennis, jogging, hiking, cycling and yoga. She was 58 years old and leaves behind three children and a grandchild. Our condolences go out to her family and friends in her untimely and tragic death.