Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

A man suspected of driving under the influence of drugs in a crash that killed a 59-year-old woman in Garden Grove earlier this month has died of an apparently intentional narcotics overdose, police said.

Officers located a suicide note, drugs and the body of Kyle Michael Morey, 27, of Fountain Valley after responding to the Executive Suites Motel, 6732 Westminster Blvd., at about 11:54 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, the Garden Grove Police Department said in a news release.

He recently was released from surgery following his involvement in a collision that left Julie Varley, 59, of Garden Grove, dead on April 15, Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney said.

Authorities believe Morey was driving under the influence of drugs when his white 2017 Honda slammed into the back of Varley’s vehicle, which was stopped for a red light at Euclid Street and Chapman Avenue. Investigators were working with the Orange County District Attorney’s office to file charges against the suspect at the time of his death.

Details indicating what drugs may have been involved in the collision were not immediately available.

Anyone who might be considering harming themselves can find someone to talk to by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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