Katherine Tinnell Killed in Street by Buena Park Police Car

A woman who was struck and killed early Saturday by a Buena Park police car was identified by the Orange County coroner's office as 33-year-old Katherine Tinnell.

She died near Orangethorpe Avenue and Oregon Street, where she was struck around 1 a.m. by the unit on its way to a call, according to Buena Park Police Cpl. Andy Luong.

The spokesman, who told City News Service he did not know if Tinnell was in crosswalks or if the police car had its lights and sirens on, indicated the California Highway Patrol's Westminster office is investigating.

The news service cites published reports stating it was a police canine unit. Luong, who called this the first fatal accident involving a Buena Park cop car hitting a pedestrian, declined to name the officer behind the wheel.

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