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Costa Mesa Police Department
Wednesday November 26th, 2014 :: 08:33 a.m. PST


Press Release - Fatal Traffic Collision

This morning, at 12:30 a.m., Costa Mesa police and fire fighters responded to a single vehicle collision involving a car, with two occupants, which had caught on fire. A witness reported seeing the silver BMW traveling at a high rate of speed, traveling northbound past Joann Street. The BMW swerved and lost control, spinning out up onto the east sidewalk along Placentia Avenue directly across from Estancia High School. The car’s driver side forcefully struck a large tree, killing the driver from major blunt force trauma. The car caught on fire as fire personnel arrived and extinguished the flames, before removing the 17 year old male front passenger.

The male driver, whose identity is yet to be confirmed, was declared dead at the scene. The passenger was transported to Western Medical Center, Santa Ana where he was treated for a possible broken jaw. The collision is presently under investigation. No additional details are being released at this time. Witnesses should contact Traffic Investigator Darren Wood at 714-754-5264.

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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