Ladera Ranch Teen Dies after 50-Foot Fall Following an O.C. Car Crash

On Saturday, April 2, 2011, a tragic Orange County car crash occurred around 11:55 p.m. on the 57 freeway in Orange, just south of Katella Avenue. Sadly, this accident involved drunk driving as well as a teenage fatality.

Ashley Selina Bryan, 24, of Highland, was driving her Honda Civic northbound on the 57 freeway when she crashed into another car. The disabled 2001 Chevrolet Camaro was sitting on the right shoulder after being involved in a previous accident when Bryan smashed into it.

Cameron Cook, 18, of Ladera Ranch, was standing outside of the disabled vehicle, close to a guardrail. When the Civic crashed into the Camaro, it pushed Cook backwards over the overpass railing, causing him to fall approximately 50 to 60 feet. He landed on a concrete embankment below the freeway. He was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, and was pronounced dead around 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

The driver of the disabled Camaro, Logan Vescio, 18, of San Juan Capistrano, was in the passenger seat of the car at the time of the crash. He suffered abrasions on his face and a bone protruding out of his knee. Bryan also suffered minor injuries, bruises, and a gouge to her right leg. They were both taken to area hospitals for medical treatment and later released.

Over an hour after this fatal freeway crash occurred, Bryan had a BAC level of .17 percent, which is more than double the legal limit.

Bryan was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or more causing bodily injury, and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence. She was charged on Tuesday with a DUI and killing a teenager, and is being held on $100,000 bail. If she is convicted, she could face up to five years and eight months in state prison.

The Law Offices of John P. Burns is deeply saddened to hear of this tragic crash and would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Cameron Cook.

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