NEWPORT BEACH — A 14-year-old cheerleader clung to life with the faintest pulse after a man accused of drunk driving plowed into the car she was riding in over Memorial Day weekend, a witness testified Thursday in the Harbor Justice Center.
A passerby checked on an unconscious Ashton Sweet after the crash but felt no pulse, said Irvine police Officer Tim McDonald.
Sweet's body was limp in the woman's arms. McDonald assisted and laid Sweet onto the curb. He said he felt a faint pulse and shallow breathing before paramedics arrived and attended to her.
Days later, Sweet died in a hospital after her family chose to take her off life support and donate her organs.
Austin Jeffrey Farley, 26, of Irvine was arrested in connection to the May 29 incident at the intersection of Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard that left Sweet dead and four others injured.