Orange County Register Editor Eugene Harbrecht Killed in Car Accident in Santa Ana
Santa Ana, CA (July 30, 2020) – On Thursday, at about 11:45 a.m., longtime OC Register editor Eugene Harbrecht died after his truck was hit by a BMW in the midst of a street race on Bristol Street and Santa Clara Avenue.
67-year-old Eugene Harbrecht is a Santa Ana resident.
He worked for the Register since March 1984, while his most recent years of work were as the national and international news editor for the greater Southern California News Group.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said that before the crash, witnesses reported about the silver BMW sedan and a dark sedan racing at high speeds northbound on Bristol Street.
Just then, the BMW slammed into a Ford Ranger that was moving southbound on Bristol and turning left on Santa Clara.
The impact of the crash pushed the truck about 60 feet into a fence. It then started to catch fire.
“There were two guys who live in the area that went and broke the window and pulled the victim out (of the truck),” Bertagna said.
Authorities arrived soon extinguished the fire.
Rescuers rushed the truck driver to UC Irvine Medical Center hospital where he died. While the racing BMW driver was also hospitalized in unknown condition.
The Dangers of Street Racing
Bertagna said that the dark sedan involved in the race fled the scene. Officers later found the vehicle and stopped it at a post office off First Street near Pacific Avenue. Authorities took the driver into custody.
Moreover, the police did not immediately provide information on how they identified the second vehicle. They just said they received a lead that directed them to it.
Meanwhile, Bristol was closed from 17th Street to Memory Lane due to knocked down wires.
Also, Bertagna said police are seeing a rising number in street racing in recent months. This is the second fatality related to racing in the city this year.
“We’ve always had street racing,” he said. “We’re seeing it more. People aren’t working, they’re at home, fewer cars on the road and I guess they decide to street race. But people lose their lives.”
As longtime subscribers of the OC Register, Sweet Lawyers express our sincere sympathies to the bereaved of Eugene Harbrecht. With heavy hearts, we hope the community of Mr. Harbrecht finds some peace during this difficult time.
What Follows Fatal Accidents
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