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By Andrea Swayne

A man died shortly before 3 p.m. on April 8 when his Chrysler PT Cruiser was hit broadside by a Cadillac Escalade in Dana Point, authorities said.

The deceased has been identified by the Orange County Coroner’s office as Thomas Raith, 69, of Dana Point.

According to Lt. Russ Chilton, Dana Point chief of police, Raith was making a left turn onto Golden Lantern from Selva when the Escalade hit his vehicle on the driver’s side.

Raith was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man driving the Cadillac was transported to the hospital and is believed not to have sustained serious injury.

The investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing, Chilton said.

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  • I was concerned that there is no mention of the man who killed Mr. Raith by speeding and running the red light – in fact he’d also run the light at Stonehill a moment earlier. Were no charges filed? If not, why? This seems so senseless. It was a horrific accident that could have been avoided, Mr. Raith was a longtime resident of Dana Point, his family is surely devastated. Can the DP Times please let us know what’s going to be done? Thank you.

  • Having passed by the scene of this tragedy and living close by, I too am concerned. Who killed Tom Raith? How can his name be released but the name of the other drive can’t be released? That doesn’t seem consistent with other news articles that I’ve read. Who was the other driver? Was he tested for alcohol? Was he charged with a crime or crimes?

    • The Sheriff’s Department has declined to provide the name of the driver at this time due to the ongoing criminal investigation. See the latest update here:

  • I’ve never heard before that a name can not be released because the person is being investigated. What’s the law about that? What the investigation investigating? The names of persons involved in accidents are always identified in the press.

  •….here is an accident cited in an article on 5-6, the driver of the car is identified asap…why is the same fairness not given to Mr.Raith. Please get to the bottom of this unfair discrepancy.

  • Who killed Thomas Raith. Would someone at this paper do some investigative reporting.

  • Oh, but you were supposed to have forgotten about it by now, no?! More than two months later. Something smells bad about this.

    • yes, it is beginning to smell bad…right after the accident the licence plate was removed from the back of the car of the man who killed Mr. Raith …

  • Still waiting. Not going to forget. Who killed Thomas Raith?!

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