Driver in Fatal Porsche Crash in Coma

By Michael Gehlken
|  Friday, May 6, 2011  |  Updated 9:54 AM PDT
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Driver in Fatal Porsche Crash in Coma

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A man driving a Porsche convertible coupe that crashed Sunday night in Cardiff, killing his two passengers and moderately injuring two others, is in a medically induced coma where he could remain for about two weeks, his attorney said Thursday.

The driver, who has not been identified, is roughly 40 years old and suffered severe injuries that include third-degree burns and a broken collarbone, attorney Michael Fremont said.

He said the driver's prognosis "looks good," and he is being treated in the limited-access intensive care burn unit at the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

Christina Donaghy, 40, one of two passengers, was thrown from the blue Porsche Targa's backseat. Fremont described her as a "very good friend" of the driver.

He added that a 61-year-old man from Tahoe City, who was sitting in the front passenger seat and has not been officially identified, was the driver's "close relative."

The Porsche was driving at a high speed when traveling east on Manchester Avenue near MacKinnon Ranch, according to the Encinitas Sheriff's Department. The driver lost control of the vehicle and veered into westbound traffic, colliding with a black pickup truck that had two occupants.

Tests are pending that will determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash. Fremont said.

There have been no arrests.

"We're still working on it," Sgt. Mark O'Connor. "Trying to put all the pieces together."

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