Man Thrown from Wheelchair, Killed in Collision on Industrial Way

COSTA MESA, CA (January 28, 2022) – A hit-and-run crash on Newport Boulevard claimed the life of Richard Smith Thursday night.

Officers responded to the scene around 11:30 p.m., between Newport Boulevard and Industrial Way.

Per police records, the driver of a 2009-2010 black Toyota Highlander struck the male the pedestrian and immediately fled the scene. 50-year-old Smith, of Newport Beach succumbed to his injuries at the hospital after sustaining significant injuries.

Meanwhile, police are asking anyone who can identify the driver of a 2009-2010 black Toyota Highlander. Investigators claimed that the suspect’s vehicle received front-end damage after the collision.

Costa Mesa Officials are asking anyone with information about the hit-and-run to contact Luis Gomez at (714) 745-5264.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. The team at Sweet James offers their deepest condolences and sympathies are with to the family and friends of Richard Smith.


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