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Crash Kills Man, Rancho Santa Margarita Woman

Two cars, occupied by solo drivers, collide on a Tustin street. Both drivers die instantly.

A head-on collision in Tustin late Thursday night left two people dead, including a Rancho Santa Margarita woman.

She and a Corona man were the solo occupants of their respective Toyota Scions on Jamboree Road south of Edinger Avenue about 10:45 p.m., according to Tustin Police Sgt. Jeff Taylor. 

Dead were Kaelyn Fergeson, 25, of Rancho Santa Margarita, and Kenneth Olson Jr., 29, of Corona.

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Authorities said it was not immediately clear whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, and they would likely have to wait for a toxicology report.

The coroner pegged the time of death at 10:44 p.m.

According to Tustin Police Sgt. Todd Bullock, Fergeson was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Jamboree Road between Edinger Avenue and Barranca Parkway.

Jamboree is four lanes wide at that point, and the speed limit is 60 mph.

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Bullock said a witness to the crash had already called 9-1-1 as Fergeson's two-door coupe approached Olson's XB.

"We had officers on the way there before the collision occurred, but we couldn't get there in time," Bullock said.

Officers found both victims dead at the scene.

According to Bullock, Ferguson apparently hit the curb on Jamboree just below Interstate 5 near Michelle Drive, the only uncontrolled intersection along that stretch of road. At that that point, she turned out of the southbound lanes and crossed into the northbound lanes.

Fergeson was a 2006 graduate of Trabuco Hills High with a 4.4 grade-point average who went on to Chapman University. Olson was married.

The crash closed Jamboree Road between Edinger Avenue and Barranca Parkway. The southbound lanes were later reopened, but the northbound side remained closed early his morning.

Anyone with information about the crash was urged to contact Tustin police at (714) 573-3225.

—City News Service contributed to this report

k April 22, 2013 at 01:20 PM
The truth will come out in a few weeks...
Kristin May 02, 2013 at 05:43 AM
Kaelyn was my best friend and would have never hurt anyone. She was the most caring person you could have ever met. I cannot believe the audacity that someone people have, calling her a murder, she was the farthest thing from that. I am deeply sorry for Kenneth's family and this unexpected tragic loss they face. May they both rest in peace. Kaelyn is up there singing kareoke all day long.
k May 03, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Had she lived, she would have been charged with vehicular manslaughter. I'm sorry you lost your friend....I lost mine too. And it hurts. Even more as time marches on. But if the shoe was on the other foot - and Kenneth was the one who was reckless...I wouldn't be defending his actions. No one is saying she wasn't a good person, I think she was a good person who made a very stupid, selfish and tragic decision. And I simply cannot forgive someones foolishness especially when it was a mistake already made once before - that she didn't learn from. Again sorry for your loss...sorry for her families loss. But I will never forgive her.
marvin payne May 06, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Does anyone have any recent info on results of toxicology report for Kaelyn? While she may have been a good person it doesn't excuse the fact that she was responsible for this accident even if she wasn't impaired. Kenneth, his family and Kaelyns family are all victims of this tragedy. Unless Kaelyn had some sort of medical condition that caused this accident then she is indeed responsible and if alive would be charged with a crime and receive jail time. Her family and friends are grieving and rightly so but don't act as if she did nothing wrong.
D. Lee May 07, 2013 at 01:34 AM
I don't think anyone is acting like she did nothing wrong. What exactly do you want people to say? She's dead - she's not here to defend herself and she really can't be tried and punished. So would it make everyone feel any better if we just logged on everyday to post a daily "blame on Kaelyn"??
marvin payne May 07, 2013 at 02:31 AM
It wouldn't necessarily make everyone feel better but it would make some of kenneths friends and family less angry. Some of kenneths friends and family are reacting to posts like the one from kaelyns friend kristin saying she would never do anything to hurt anyone. But if u get behind the wheel impaired u are doing something that could hurt someone. If its true that she had a previous dui than its very disturbing that she would do it again.
marvin payne May 07, 2013 at 02:46 AM
And friends and family of kennth do have a right to b angry. I'm angry but its part of the grieving process. In time anger fades away and people will forgive. But people don't have to do it right away. I am very sorry for both families loss but the saddest part of all is that it could have been prevented.
k May 07, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Exactly! Well said!
D. Lee May 07, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Everyone has a right to their own feelings, but no one has a right to keep slamming someone who also has relatives and friends who are grieving and may read some of these hurtful and damaging remarks, especially when the remarks make it sound like it was some sort of suicide mission and she deliberately set out to kill herself and anyone else in her path. Her friend saying that she would never to anything to hurt anyone is nothing more than letting people know that she was a kind person, much more so than some of the people making statements on this post that just feel the need to blame and hate, when they should be offering prayer and sympathy.
JW May 07, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I cant understand how anyone who knew Kenny would think he would be ok with the hate and ranting. Kaelyn made mistakes because she was human and everyone in the past has made a mistake or poor judgement call. This does not mean its your job to flame her its not like she can read these comments, the only people your effecting with these vile statements is her family and friends not to mention do you really think Kenny's Wife approves of this hate and anger? Kaelyn was one of the most amazing people ive ever known and I miss her very much I'm very sad I wasn't there to drive for her or whatever the case may be. All I know if two wonderful people are gone and we should focus more on spreading love to those we care about while we still have them. Please make sure not another day goes by without telling the people you love how much you love them and are there for them because tomorrow might be to late.
k May 08, 2013 at 01:35 PM
It's Kenneth not "Kenny"....secondly, I know that Kenneth might want his family and friends to move on and let this go simply because that's the kind of guy he was. Kenneth was so full of love and forgiveness that he wouldn't want us to let it fester the way it is for me. Unfortunately, Kenneth and I differ in that regard. I cannot forgive as easily as he could. I cannot sit here and read certain comments of defending someones reckless behavior. Not when it took my friends life. I don't care if SHE can't read these. Her friends are on here acting as if this was a simple mistake and everyone makes mistakes. No big deal. Well you know what, it IS a big deal. It's a very big deal. Her "human mistake that we all make" cost someone their life and created so much agony and heartbreak it's beyond belief. So don't sit there and tell me that my anger needs to be let go and I need to focus on love. Screw that. I'm angry and rightfully so. It will take a long time for me to let this go and I want people to stop pretending like her mistake was simple human error. The second she sat in that car and turned the ignition - she became responsible for her careless actions. She had a DUI in the past. She knew the risks. She knew the dangers. This wasn't her 1st "simple human mistake" this was her 2nd. She had a choice, and she did it anyway. And that for me, is inexcusable and unforgivable. I'm sorry for her friends and family that have to read the bitter truth...but sometimes the truth hurts.
A May 08, 2013 at 03:07 PM
K, thank you! Amen double amen! What kealyn has done is unforgivable! I don't give a crap what type of person she WAS! Her final impact left of earth is carelessness and selfishness! There is no way around that!!
marvin payne May 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I never came close to saying that she deliberately set out to kill someone that night. I realize there are posts filled with rage and anger but thats not what I posted. I agree we should have love and sympathy for both families. All I'm saying is this was not some simple mistake that left someone with a broken leg or back. This was a very serious accident that left an innocent man dead. And a lot if kenneths family and friends are just having trouble with all the comments saying nothing but how sweet and kind this woman was. Not one of her friends has said we r sorry for kaelyns irresponsible behavior. Obviously she is not here but from what ive heard about kaelyn if she was here she would apologize forever for what she did. Like I said it will take time for the anger to fade. And sorry d lee but kenneths family and friends do have a right to be angry and express it however they want to. And I am sorry for ur loss. My heart and prayers go out to both families. We can use this as a message to all of us to not drive impaired and if we see someone impaired than make sure we step in and not let them drive.
JW May 08, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I'm not defending anyone in fact we don't even know the truth yet I have looked and can't find any new information on any tox reports. I guess I just didn't realize K is God and its his job to place judgment and damnation on people. I wonder what the world down here looks like from his high horse. He obviously has never sinned or made a single mistake in his life. I never once said it was a minor mistake but its still a mistake, accident or however you want to put it this wasn't meant to happen. K is doing a very good job of spreading hateful words and tarnishing his friends memory though. As he said him self Kenneth was a very forgiving loving person and he wouldn't want this at all but K then says well who cares what he wanted cause this is about ME really? My Friend knew Kenneth very closely and also knew Kaelyn and he has not once said anything hateful or cruel about her even though he lost both his friends.. K get over your self no one is defending anything all we are doing is mourning. If you want to meet in person lemme know we can talk all about it, I doubt it though because your a windbag who only says this hateful things like a coward behind your computer. Its good your passionate about this obviously Kenneth meant a lot to you maybe this will be a turning point in your life where you can take that passion and turn it into positive energy towards helping people in the future to honor his memory not tarnish it.
CB May 09, 2013 at 06:20 AM
I think a lot of the individuals making such negative and hateful comments need to look in the mirror before they start pointing fingers. If you can honestly say you've never done ANYTHING that has put someone else's life potentially at risk, then you really need to re-evaluate what you say about others. Keep in mind, speeding is a risk to you and others around you, hence why a speed limit exists. So I can guaruntee none of you are exempt. Be careful where you place blame because at one time it could have been your own careless mistake staring back at you in the mirror. You just got lucky. On that note, my condolences to both families. May time heel your wounds and your friends and family keep you strong.
k May 09, 2013 at 01:34 PM
JW- First of all, go back to school and learn some punctuation. Secondly, I'm not a "he" so stop acting like you know me or what I'm about. So the world should revolve around forgiveness and love, huh? Tell me....someone drives 80mph, drunk on their 2nd DUI offense in the wrong direction and slams into your...oh let's say Mother and kills her instantly? Not her first "mistake", her SECOND. You can so easily let bygones be bygones? Well if so, then kudos to you for being a better person than me. Bravo! Sorry I'm not that forgiving. Sorry I'm not that passionate for a person who was selfish enough to think she should continue driving after already hitting curbs and driving erratically BEFORE she even went into the wrong lane. I'm sorry I am not that positive to think that we all make mistakes and to forgive someones reckless behavior. And I'm sorry I'm not that naive to think that this was an accident. This wasn't an "accident". Accidents are events that is beyond someones control. She had a choice. She had control. And her choice was to drive drunk. So this was no accident. Kenneth was ripped away from the love of his life, his family and friends due to this persons choice. Go ahead and play the "hey everyone makes mistakes and we should all forgive" card. That's great. I can handle my anger and my resentment in my own way, thanks. If posting on here and saying "hey what this girl did is NOT ok and stop making excuses for her" makes me feel better than so be it.
C May 09, 2013 at 04:25 PM
K everyone does mourn in their own way. You, however, are being ridiculous. Stop with the slandering of Kaelyn's name. You are hurting her family and friends. It's not THEIR fault that Kaelyn got in the accident. She was a grown woman who made her decision. Her family is hurting JUST AS BAD, if not WORSE than you. Give it a rest. Seriously! You're just making yourself look bad. Like the little kid throwing a tantrum because you didn't get your way. I'm not saying get over your friends death because that isn't possible. A close friend taken so suddenly is so hard to get recoup... but please stop with the name calling and accusations. You may "feel better" by doing so, but you just look like a bully and are tarnishing Kenneth's memory. You make him seem as negative as you because your friends represent a little of you.
C May 09, 2013 at 04:25 PM
K everyone does mourn in their own way. You, however, are being ridiculous. Stop with the slandering of Kaelyn's name. You are hurting her family and friends. It's not THEIR fault that Kaelyn got in the accident. She was a grown woman who made her decision. Her family is hurting JUST AS BAD, if not WORSE than you. Give it a rest. Seriously! You're just making yourself look bad. Like the little kid throwing a tantrum because you didn't get your way. I'm not saying get over your friends death because that isn't possible. A close friend taken so suddenly is so hard to get recoup... but please stop with the name calling and accusations. You may "feel better" by doing so, but you just look like a bully and are tarnishing Kenneth's memory. You make him seem as negative as you because your friends represent a little of you.
k May 10, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Oh C give it a rest. My reactions to Kenneths death has in no way, shape or form have anything to do with what kind of person Kenneth was. And my comments regarding this matter was in result of people making it seem that this was just an accident that no one was at fault for. People actually like to put themselves into a little land of make believe and pretend that their loved ones were innocent and harmless. I get it...you don't want to believe the one you love could be capable of doing something so reckless. I understand it. But don't come here and act like she was a victim in this matter when this entire event could have been so easily prevented BY her. Sorry for being the barer of bad news here but for people to sit there and tell me to forgive and focus on love after something like this, pisses me off. I've said it once I'll say it again...I am so sorry for the families and friends loss of her. It's terrible for them and I know they feel helpless and sorrow for not being able to do anything to prevent her carelessness. My point of this whole matter is the ones who are pretending like she did nothing wrong here, who are making excuses for her like "whoopsie...she made a mistake - we all do", need to wake up and understand the truth and the magnitude of what happened. It only rubs salt in Kenneth's family and friends wounds. Stop with the excuses and then maybe then we can all move on.
marvin payne May 10, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Well said k
D. Lee May 10, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Why do some of my posts keep getting deleted?
Friend of KO May 14, 2013 at 11:35 PM
k - As a friend of Kenneth and a close friend of his relatives I agree with you completely. I might extend Kaelyn some forgiveness and understanding if it was her first DUI (or if this turns out to be an unexpected medical issue). If it's really her second DUI (and many repeat DUI's have earlier convictions for reckless that were reduced thru plea deals), what she did was no different than loading and pointing a .45 at Kenneth and pulling the trigger. To that point "k", you said it would be vehicular manslaughter had Kaelyn lived....it may have actually been second degree murder. It's common to make DUI offenders sign a document agreeing that driving drunk is a deliberate act that endangers others and will result in murder 2 if anyone is killed in a repeat offense.
Lauren May 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM
wow. rot in hell? that's a little insensitive don't you think? both of these families are hurting at this time. why don't you just step back and think about that.
Lauren May 14, 2013 at 11:55 PM
I think that both families are still hurting. All of these hateful comments are sickening. Why don't you all have a little respect for both families at this time? Thank you.
Lauren May 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM
agree you with TR. Zoe and K and M why don't you have a little respect for both families. You have no right talking about Kaelyn like that.
k July 18, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Anyone still want to come at me with some lame excuse how this murderer should be respected when she gets behind the wheel of her car with a BAC level of .35?!?!?!? Screw that. I hope she rots in hell for the vile and selfish act and the devastating heartbreak she caused Kenneths family and friends. This was her 2ND DUI!!! .35!!! Are you f$$%ing kidding me?! Screw her and screw anyone who defends her actions!!
God Bless Texas July 18, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Kaelyn was the sole cause of this collision. She violated CVC 23153(a): DUI resulting in great bodily injury. She also violated CVC 21651(b): Driving the wrong way on a divided highway. She was selfish and wrong for getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving is a RIGHT not a priviledge. Too bad the folks close to her didn't take that right away from her. This was the second DUI for this girl...shame, shame, shame on all that knew her and didn't care enough to get help for a clearly unhappy, selfish girl. You will all have to live with this inaction on your part. I lost my older brother when he was 15 from a DRUNK DRIVER and YES Kaelyn's family will ALWAYS be known as THAT FAMILY that did nothing.
God Bless Texas July 18, 2013 at 09:18 PM
BAC = .30-.50 = Symptoms are complete unconsciousness, depressed or absent reflexes, subnormal body temperature, incontinence, and impairment of circulation and respiration. Death may occur at .37% or higher. BACs of .45% and higher are fatal to nearly all individuals.
Amy July 31, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Well said K, and God bless Texas! I want everyone who was defending this stupid B****** honor to eat s***!! This evil, evil selfish women destroyed so much!! Her punishment was not Sufficient! Death was to easy!!! I think Kenneth's amazing smile should be plastered everywhere with the Murderer name below it!
Sandra Freni August 01, 2013 at 08:57 AM
I just want to make it all go away for Sarah no one should every have to lose someone because of such careless selfish act such as this. But to know it was a second DUI. It is such a kick in the face! She truly defines the word evil! And nothing but being able to reverse time and call Kenneth that night and warn him that murder is heading straight for him, or to make it so her keys were lost so she could not get behind the wheel will ever change what was done that night. All that can be said is Don't Drink and Drive!! It destroys lives!!!!

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