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Corona del Mar Today: Residents get Buck Gully project update

March 05, 2011

Amine Britel died after a car driven by a 22-year-old Newport Coast woman struck him as he cycled uphill on San Joaquin Hills Road. Emergency crews were unable to save him, and Britel, 41, died at the scene.

The woman was arrested and booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated but has been released from jail.

Britel, who was born in Morocco and grew up there and in France, owned a travel business based in Newport Beach. He was an Olympic athlete and graduated from UC Berkeley and Harvard.

The ghost bike memorial includes the plea, "Watch for bikes."

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Bank requests bus stop be moved

A bus stop in the 2800 block of East Coast Highway might be moved to protect customers using a bank ATM just a few feet away.

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Officials with the First Republic Bank say that transients often sit on the bench at the bus stop, sometimes harassing ATM customers, Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce President Linda Leonhard told members of the CdM Business Improvement District at a board meeting last week.

Bank officials asked if the bus stop could be moved further away from the ATM, she said.

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