Monday was a bloody day in Westminster as two people were killed in a traffic accident and another two killed in the aftermath of a fire in the city.
According to the Westminster Police Department, a fire at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday in the 5000 block of Northwestern Way led to a request from the Orange County Fire Authority for a police investigation, as the two people believed to be inside could not be found. Police detectives and an arson investigator responded to the scene.
The bodies of the missing women – identified as Yolanda Holtry, 59, of Westminster and a Jane Doe, 49, of Huntington Beach – were found in Newport Beach on Monday after an investigation that lasted all night.
Arrested was Christopher Ireland, 37, of Huntington Beach on two murder charges.
According to WPD spokesman Commander Cameron Knauerhaze, “This crime appears to be an isolated incident and we do not believe any other suspects are outstanding. The motive for the crime is still under investigation.”
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact WPD Detective Jim Wilson at (714) 898-3315. Tips can also be provided anonymously through through Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS or at OCcrimestoppers.org.
On Monday morning, a two-car crash in Westminster at Beach Boulevard and Madison Avenue led to the death of two persons. The accident occurred around 11:15 a.m. According to authorities, a car traveling north on Beach struck a car turning left onto Madison, and the second car crashed into the front of a florist shop.
One victim, identified as Khoa Truong, 59, was killed on impact. He was a passenger in the second car. The driver of that vehicle, identified as Kimmy Hua 69, of Garden Grove, was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange and later died.
The driver of the first car, identified only as a woman in her 50s, suffered minor injuries and was hospitalized. There were no injuries inside the shop. Traffic in the area of Beach and Bolsa Avenue was shut down for several hours while investigators worked the scene.