Arrest made in death of Newport Beach man caused by traffic collision

On Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) responded to a major traffic collision at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Bowsprit Drive. The driver of one of the vehicles, John Gilroy of Newport Beach, was pronounced deceased on scene. Upon initial investigation and witness statements, it was believed that street racing may have been a factor in the collision.

Through NBPD traffic division’s extensive investigation alongside the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, it has been determined that the driver Andrew Awad, 35, of Costa Mesa, had engaged in a street race prior to the collision. On June 9, 2024, Awad was arrested on suspicion of Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence.

If anyone has additional information regarding this collision, contact Traffic Investigator Austin Laverty at 949.644.3747.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.


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