Three Dead after Solo-Vehicle Collision near Rusty Pelican Restaurant

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (May 17, 2022) – Thursday morning, medics pronounced Crystal McCallum, Wayne Swanson and Andrew Chaves dead after a crash.

The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m., in the 3000 block of Pacific Coast Highway on May 12.

For reasons unknown, a vehicle crashed into a curb before striking construction equipment on the south side of the road. The three occupants inside suffered fatal injuries upon impact.

Authorities later identified the deceased victims as Crystal McCallum, 34, of Texas; Wayne Walter Swanson Jr., 40, of Newport Coast; and Andrew James Chaves, 32, of Arizona.

In addition, three site workers were sent to a local hospital with minor injuries. Although, crews have not yet released their identities.

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