Flashing Beacons Installed at Newport Harbor High School

The two warning lights are located at the crosswalk on Irvine Avenue and Margaret Drive.

A pair of flashing lights were installed this week at Newport Harbor High School to help keep students who are using the crosswalk safe.

The crosswalk at Irvine Avenue and Margaret Drive marks the site where was critically injured last year by an alleged intoxicated driver driving a Chevy Tahoe. Public Works Director Steve Badum says the flashing beacons will immediately improve the crosswalk safety.

Other measures taken include the relocation of parent drop-off zones away from the crosswalk. There are now cones and the sidewalk is painted red to keep motorists from pulling over near the crosswalk.

Over the next several months officials will determine what additional safety measures should be taken to address the problems near the crosswalk like inattentive drive and pedestrians.

Crystal suffered head trauma, internal bleeding and brain swelling ain the school's crosswalk on Dec. 6, but her condition is improving. She is currently going through physical therapy at a Costa Mesa rehabilitation center.

Marnie Jo Lippincott , the woman accussed of driving under the influence and causing the crosswalk crash, to a felony charge of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, with a sentencing enhancement for causing brain injury. She remains out of jail on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court March 9 for a pretrial hearing.

Ruth March 10, 2012 at 09:15 PM
The lights are a great start but half the kids aren't using them. The kids also just trickle across that street as they come to it when they should be waiting until they are in a group and crossing together. I drive that road every morning and I'm extremely careful and I have had a few near misses as a kid tries to make a mad dash across to catch up with friends or beat an oncoming car to the punch. While the lights are great, the kids need to be more educated in how important it is to look UP from their phone for a second and make eye contact with the drivers. Most of us are watching out for them but they need to be watching out for us as well.
Chelsey Peterson January 06, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Actually, Crystal's mother Gloria Morales has her own history of DUI, she just got lucky and did not hit anyone. She just got off probation a little over a year ago! Shame on Gloria for acting so Innocent, and saying she has NO remorse or forgiveness for Marnie.


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