Cleusa Coffman Killed in Newport Beach Hit-And-Run Crash on Mesa Drive


Cleusa Coffman Identified as Woman Killed in Newport Beach Pedestrian Crash on Mesa Drive and Irvine Avenue

Cleusa Coffman Identified as Woman Killed in Newport Beach Pedestrian Crash on Mesa Drive and Irvine Avenue

Newport Beach, California – Cleusa M. Coffman, 72, of Newport Beach has been identified as the woman who was killed in a Sunday morning hit-and-run crash that occurred on Mesa Drive and Irvine Avenue in Newport Beach.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Coffman was walking her dog through the intersection in a crosswalk when they were both hit by a vehicle heading south on Irvine Avenue at 6:53 a.m. 

The driver, suspected to be Ali Zohair Fakhreddine, 31, allegedly failed to stop for a red light and struck the pedestrian and the dog.

Both victims died at the scene.

Fakhreddine fled the scene after the crash but was located with his 2014 Hyundai three hours later.

Authorities said the Hyundai had damage consistent with the accident.

Fakhreddine was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run.

The investigation is ongoing.

Arin Khodaverdian, CEO and Managing Attorney of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights. Swift action by an intelligent and experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

“Usually, clients hire me immediately after their first consultation because they quickly figure out that I will treat them like family. I lift a weight off their shoulders immediately. That is my job. We simply leave no stone unturned – period. We go after everyone and everything. There is no other way to ensure justice,” Mr. Khodaverdian states.

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. We have numerous other 6-figure settlements within 30 days. While these results are atypical and do not predict future outcomes, justice in these cases helped bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the families.”

Mr. Khodaverdian is the recipient of numerous accolades including one of the: Top 10 Wrongful Death Settlements in CA in 2019; Top 10 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements in CA in 2019; Top 10 Truck Accident Settlements in CA in 2019, and Top 10 Motorcycle Accident Settlements in CA in 2019. He is a Berkeley graduate and proud personal injury and wrongful death attorney. He is personally available 24/7 for free, no-obligation consultations and second opinions by calling 800-984-4123. He can also be reached via email using the contact form on this site.