405 Crash Kills Mission Viejo Woman

Marilyn Russell, 65, was rear-ended north of Laguna Canyon Road by another woman who was reportedly distracted.

A Mission Viejo woman died Sunday when her car was rear-ended on the south 405 Freeway in Irvine, the California Highway Patrol said Monday.

The crash occurred about 2:40 p.m. north of Laguna Canyon Road, said CHP Officer S. Dagenais. The fatally injured woman was identified by the Orange County coroner's office as Marilyn Russell, 65.

According to a preliminary investigation, a 54-year-old woman driving a 2001 Mercedes-Benz was headed south on the 405 at 60 mph when she glanced to the right at a vacant field, Dagenais said. When she looked forward, she noticed Russell's 1966 Ford, which was traveling at a significantly slower speed in front of her, Dagenais said.

The Mercedes driver "applied her brakes ... but was unable to avoid hitting the rear end" of the Ford, Dagenais said.

The impact caused the Ford to travel across the freeway and strike the center divider, Dagenais said.

-- City News Service

steve hammon April 16, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Im truly saddened of the loss of my friend marlyn she was a soft spoken woman and a real.sweetheart who loved her husband and her beautiful 66mustang which i had the privelege to work on a real angel ! steve h
Terrie Marquart April 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM
She was one of the best friends ever. A wonderful person who will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.


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