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Newport man involved in fatal accident

A 16-year-old Huntington Beach resident dies while crossing Pacific Coast Highway on Monday night.

September 26, 2006|By Purnima Mudnal

A 16-year-old girl died after she and her friend were struck by a pick-up truck driven by a Newport Beach man at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and 6th Street in Huntington Beach at 8.30 p.m. Monday, according to police officers.

Heather Stamm, a Huntington Beach resident, was taken to Hoag Hospital where she later died, according to the Orange County coroner’s office and Lt. Dave Bunetta.

Christopher Hulett, 27, of Newport Beach, was traveling west on PCH when he struck the teenage girl and her friend Nathan Koontz as they were walking north across PCH at 6th Street, Bunetta said.

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Koontz, 19, is at UCI Medical Center in Orange. Koontz, a Fountain Valley resident, suffered multiple injuries.

A man who identified himself at the hospital as Nathan Koontz’s father said his son is conscious, but has suffered a head injury.

Jerry Koontz waited with his son in intensive care Tuesday afternoon at the UCI Medical Center before Nathan went in for surgery.

He’s got a broken arm, a large gash on the head, both ankles are sprained, “but nothing too serious, thank God,” Jerry Koontz said.

Jerry Koontz was more worried how his son would cope with his girlfriend Heather Stamm’s death.

“He loved her,” Jerry Koontz said. “That was the love of his life. They were best friends, completed each other’s sentences. They matched.”

Unable to express how sorry he was for Heather’s family, Jerry Koontz cried for the young woman who meant so much to his son.

“We are still investigating to see if there were any other witnesses,” Bunetta said. No charges have been filed against Hulett pending an investigation.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Investigator Bob Barr at the Huntington Beach Police Department Traffic Bureau at (714) 536-5666.

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