UPDATE: Coroner Identifies Four Killed in San Clemente Car Accident
SAN CLEMENTE, California (December 7, 2013) – Four people were killed and one injured when a driver crashed into a pole and tree Friday night on South El Camino Real at West Avenida Valencia, according to a report by the Orange County Register.
About 1:26 a.m., police told the newspaper there were three women and one man in their 20s ejected when the white BMW sedan driving on South El Camino Real lost control and crashed into a palm tree and a pole. The vehicle was torn in half upon impact and the four people died at the scene. Police suspect alcohol and speed were factors in the car accident.
The fifth victim was a woman who was air-lifted to a local hospital where she was listed in critical condition. She was the only person in the vehicle who was not ejected in the crash.
The roadway was closed down for several hours as tow trucks removed debris scattered across the lanes of El Camino Real.
Police believe the driver was speeding due to the severe condition of the vehicle and the occupants. An investigation into this tragedy will likely take a couple of weeks as police pour over evidence and seek out any witnesses to the crash.
“This is a tragedy for all the families of the victims involved in this collision,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “My condolences go out to them as they try to piece together what happened and come to terms with their loss.”
For more information, the Orange County Sheriff Coroner made a report here.