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Woman dies in fiery freeway crash after car is hit by suspected DUI driver in Costa Mesa

A woman died Sunday night after the car she was driving was hit by a truck and burst into flames on the 55 freeway in Costa Mesa. The driver of the truck was arrested shortly after when officers suspected he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was driving her Toyota Corolla on the northbound 55 freeway at about 11:16 p.m. north of Mesa Drive, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Kevin Michael Bash, 26, of Whittier, was driving a Dodge Dakota going in the same direction and rear-ended the Corolla.

“The impact of this collision caused the Toyota to subsequently catch fire,” the report states. Firefighters extinguished the burning car but the driver of the Corolla, a woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.

CHP officers evaluated Bash on scene and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to the California Highway Patrol, Santa Ana office at 714-567-6000.

Source: Orange County Register

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