UPDATE: Coroner Identifies Oliver Martinez-Iriarte as Passenger Killed in Crash
SANTA ANA, California (Nov. 21, 2013) – Four people were critically injured and a 23-year-old man is dead early Thursday morning after a driver in a blue compact car crashed into a traffic light pole in the 900 block of North Fairview Street, according to Santa Ana Police.
About 1:10 a.m., police say the 20-year-old driver was heading southbound on Fairview when they lost control of the vehicle and slid on the rain-soaked roadway. The young man who died was a passenger in the vehicle in the back seat where the car struck the pole.
Police believe speed and wet road conditions were a factor in the collision and will investigate whether alcohol played a role as well. Four people were hospitalized including the driver with critical injuries, police said.
Indeed, the roadways are especially slippery when it rains following a long dry spell as oil drippings have not been washed off the roadway for some time, said Attorney West Seegmiller.
“This is a tragedy for the family and friends of the person who was killed in this accident,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Hopefully those who were injured in this accident are able to fully recover from their injuries.”
–Orange County Car Accident Attorney