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Victim of fatal crash is identified

THREE-CAR crash at Euclid Street and Chapman Avenue on Wednesday resulted in the death of Julie Varley, the principal’s secretary at La Quinta High School in Westminster (Photo by Mandy Mendoza).

The victim of the fatal accident on Wednesday at Chapman Avenue and Euclid Street in Garden Grove has been identified as Julie Varley, 59, principal’s secretary at La Quinta High School in Westminster.

Her car was stopped at a red light at that intersection when it was struck from behind by another vehicle driven by a man later arrested for driving under the influence. Her car then hit another vehicle and she suffered injuries, which were fatal.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for expenses associated with her death. To donate, go to and type in “Julie Varley” in the search area.

OCFA FIREFIGHTERS kept a car from tumbling down onto El Toro Road from above in Laguna Woods (OCFA image).

Firefighters save teetering car

A car driven over the side of an embankment in Laguna Woods Saturday afternoon was kept from crashing down on the street below by the efforts of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The car was balanced dangerously and OCFA crews used multiple anchor points and were able to secure the car with rope and chain as it teetered 40 feet above El Toro Road.

The driver was extricated from the vehicle and the car was prevented from falling to the road below.

Watch out for COVID-19 frauds

Garden Grove police are warning people to be wary of a variety of frauds and scams being conducted by those trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Phishing: Don’t trust e-mails/texts (even from a known source) that only have a short message and a link, or requires “immediate action.” Use trusted sources for information and updates.
  • Donations: Make sure your donations are going to a real charity. Ask how your money will be used and pay with a credit card. Don’t make donations via gift cards or money orders.
  • Robocall: Don’t believe calls or texts from people claiming to be health experts, government personnel or have a cure for coronavirus. THERE IS NO VACCINE OR CURE for it at present. Government, health care and utility agencies will not solicit payments over the phone or by text.
  • Mail theft: Check your mailbox regularly and shred anything with personal information before throwing it out. Sign up for direct deposit whenever possible. Pay bills online or place directly inside the mail slot inside a post office.

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