A driver died in a collision in Santa Ana that sent her two passengers to the hospital early Sunday, Aug. 22, and investigators believe alcohol played a role in the crash, police said.
Officers found “numerous containers of alcohol” inside a Ford Edge that was speeding eastbound before slamming into the back of a Toyota Sequoia at the 4800 block of McFadden Avenue, east of Euclid Street, Santa Ana Police said in a news release. Upon impact, the Ford traveled onto a sidewalk and struck a utility pole at about 12:15 a.m.
The driver of the Ford died at the scene, police said. She was identified as Wendy Rosas, 21, of Westminster, supervising Orange County Deputy Coroner Kelly Estrada said.
The two other people riding in the Edge were taken to hospitals. Medical staff said their injuries appeared serious, but not life-threatening as of Sunday morning, Santa Ana Police Commander Robert Rodriguez said. The occupants of the Toyota were not hurt.
Staff writer Quinn Wilson contributed to this report.
Source: Orange County Register