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Two die in separate weekend accidents

June 06, 2013

Two Huntington Beach women died in separate traffic incidents Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to police.

Kelly Morehouse, 25, died at UCI Medical Center after she and a male motorcyclist were reportedly hit by a Lexus sedan around 8:35 p.m. Saturday in the intersection of Goldenwest Street and Rio Vista Drive, according to a news release.

The 24-year-old man, who was driving a Harley Davidson, and Morehouse were heading south on Goldenwest while Tadashi Mizutani, 68, Huntington Beach, was driving north on the same street.

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The two vehicles collided at Rio Vista, where Morehouse suffered serious injuries. She was treated at the scene and transported to UCI Medical Center, where she later died, police said.

The man was also injured and treated by paramedics at the scene and was transported to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition.

Mizutani was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence causing injury and was booked at Huntington Beach Jail, according to police. He was not injured.

In an unrelated accident early Sunday, Susan Stripko, 56, died after being struck by a pickup truck near the intersection of Yorktown Avenue and Worchester Lane.

A 35-year-old man from Huntington Beach was driving east on Yorktown at around 12:08 a.m. when he reportedly struck Stripko as she was crossing the street, police said.

Stripko suffered serious injuries and was treated at the scene. She was transported to UCI Medical Center where she later died, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck was not arrested or cited.

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