Woman Suspected of DUI in Early Morning Crash That Killed 24-Year-Old Man in Costa Mesa

Woman Suspected of DUI in Early Morning Crash That Killed 24-Year-Old Man in Costa Mesa

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in an early-morning crash that killed a 24-year-old man in Costa Mesa Tuesday.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Mesa Drive and Santa Ana Avenue at about 12:20 a.m.

Witnesses said the driver of a red Honda was traveling west on Mesa Drive when a white Volkswagen SUV with two people inside ran a red light at a high rate of speed and struck the Honda.

“As the red car was crossing Santa Ana, the white vehicle T-boned the red car … and the red car ran into me,” Anthony Straws said.

Police have not confirmed the details of the crash, but Costa Mesa Police Department Sgt. Dan Miles said alcohol was a factor and a woman driving the white SUV was arrested on suspicion of DUI after being taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

The driver of the red Honda, identified as a 24-year-old man from Tustin, died at the scene, Miles said.

Witnesses said the passenger in the SUV fled the scene immediately after the crash, but he has been accounted for, according to Sgt. Patrick Wessel.

The driver of the SUV could face charges ranging from DUI to vehicular manslaughter and homicide, Miles said.

Mesa Drive at Santa Ana Avenue was expected to remain closed until about 7 a.m. for the investigation.



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