LAKE FOREST, California — Joy Kelly, 52, of Lake Forest died in a head-on collision with a tracker trailer truck Tuesday afternoon after she allegedly drove her sports utility vehicle the wrong way on El Toro Road south of Jeronimo Road, according to a press release issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.
Paramedics responded to the scene of the 1 p.m. fatal crash, but Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, whose vehicle caught fire, suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital.
Police say that witnesses saw Kelly’s silver Mercedes-Benz SUV driving the wrong way on El Toro Road for some distance shortly before the crash with the big rig truck, according to an Orange County Register story. The article said Kelly struck the curb before crashing head-on into the truck. A second woman driving a Toyota Rav4 struck the median in an effort to avoid the truck accident, but she was not injured, the Register story reported.