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A motorist killed Saturday on the San Joaquin Hill Transportation (73) Corridor near the Newport Beach/Irvine border has been identified as a 95-year-old man who went missing in Santa Ana on Friday.

Jack Edwin Winchester’s gray 2008 Volkswagen Jetta went over the right shoulder embankment on the northbound route, near Bonita Canyon Drive at about 4:14 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.

Paramedics rushed him to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was pronounced dead at 4:50 a.m., according to the coroner’s office.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the victim was Winchester once they were able to notify his next of kin, said Lt. Steve Gill of the OCSD.

Winchester, who suffered from memory problems, was last seen about 11:30 a.m. Friday by his wife at their home, the Santa Ana Police Department reported. When his wife came home about two hours later, Winchester had left in his car.

Authorities believe Winchester may have been headed to Irvine to pay a toll road bill, police said.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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