Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after Huntington Beach crash kills 2

A Sunset Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a multi-vehicle traffic crash in Huntington Beach left two people dead on Tuesday evening, Jan. 19.

35-year-old Eric Kinser was transported to UCI Medical Center for treatment and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the Huntington Beach Police Department said in a statement.

At 6:45 p.m., police responded to reports of a multi-vehicle collision in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue. Three vehicles with extensive damage were found in the southbound lanes of PCH.

After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that Kinser drove a white 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck north on PCH and crossed over the center median into southbound lanes of traffic, police said. He collided head-on with a silver 1999 Toyota Solara, driven by a 19-year-old man from Newport Beach; and a white 2012 Lexus RX350, driven by a 71-year old woman from Huntington Beach, the Police Department said.

The driver of the Lexus was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver of the Toyota was transported to UCI Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries, police said. A 45-year old female passenger in the Lexus was transported to OC Global Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to contact Huntington Beach Police Traffic Investigator D. Demetre at 714-536-5670.

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Man gets 5 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed bicyclist in Aliso Viejo

SANTA ANA — A 39-year-old Lake Forest man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a hit-and-run collision in Aliso Viejo that killed a bicyclist.

Rogelio Martinez-Cuin on Dec. 2 admitted one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury, both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended or revoked license due to a DUI, according to court records. He was sentenced Thursday.

Martinez-Cuin ran a red light, was inattentive and driving at an unsafe speed, according to the criminal complaint.

Michael David Tomlinson of Aliso Viejo, 51, was riding on Westridge Drive, crossing Woods Canyon Drive, when he was struck by a Volvo about 6:40 a.m. Jan. 30, 2019, according to Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The driver kept going, but witnesses gave deputies a vehicle description, she said.

The vehicle was found about a mile away, and deputies arrested Martinez-Cuin a short distance from the Volvo, Braun said.

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Woman dies after being struck by vehicle in Santa Ana

A woman died at a local hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Santa Ana, the Santa Ana Police Department reported.

Nanci Perea Rosales, 69, died at UCI Medical Center on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 9:33 p.m., according to the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

Earlier in the day at about 2:10 p.m., Santa Ana PD received multiple calls of a vehicle and pedestrian collision in the area of Main Street and Alton Avenue. Officers responded to the scene and found Rosales down in the roadway suffering from major injuries.

Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded to the scene and treated  Rosales before she was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

A preliminary investigation revealed the Rosales was crossing Main Street, north of the intersection of Alton Avenue, when the involved vehicle was traveling west on Alton Avenue and turned north onto Main Street, striking the Rosales, according to Santa Ana PD. The involved driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigating officers.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Investigator Corporal Hadley at 714-245-8216.

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Pedestrian fatally struck in Santa Ana, driver flees

SANTA ANA — A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle Sunday night and the driver fled the scene.

The crash was reported at 7:13 p.m. on First Street east of Bristol Street, said Santa Ana police Commander Andy Alvarez.

Arriving officers found the pedestrian in the street, Alvarez said. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The age and gender of the victim, and a description of the vehicle were not available until the on-scene investigation concluded, he said.

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Pedestrian fatally struck while walking in street in Orange

A pedestrian was struck and killed while walking in a street in Orange on Tuesday evening, the Orange Police Department said.

The man was hit by a red sedan traveling south around 7 p.m. near the 1900 block of North Tustin Street, the Police Department reported. Paramedics responded and the victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The driver of the sedan remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, the Police Department said. Drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision, police said.

Anyone with information on the investigation was asked to call the Orange Police Department at 714-744-7444.

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Man gets 1 year in jail for Santa Ana hit-and-run that killed a man in a wheelchair

SANTA ANA — A 49-year-old Santa Ana man pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail for a collision that killed a homeless wheelchair-bound victim.

Lucio Luna pleaded guilty to a felony count of hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury. A misdemeanor count of driving without a valid driver’s license was dismissed, according to court records.

Luna was also ordered to be placed on five years probation.

Luna crashed into 61-year-old Peter Finocchi at First and Townsend streets about 10:35 p.m. on June 28, 2019, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Finocchi was crossing First Street in a crosswalk, Bertagna said.

The driver kept going, but a resident called police the next day to report a suspicious vehicle, which investigators determined was involved in the crash, Bertagna said. Further investigation led police to Luna.

Finocchi was rushed to a hospital in extremely critical condition and was pronounced dead at 9:25 a.m. July 11, 2019, according to Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

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Pedestrian fatally struck by SUV in Huntington Beach

A person struck by an SUV while crossing Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach died Monday, Nov. 30.

The collision happened in southbound lanes of Beach, north of York Avenue at about 6:12 p.m., Huntington Beach Police said in a news release. Preliminary investigation suggests the pedestrian was headed west and outside of a crosswalk when a white Mitsubishi Outlander collided with him.

He was taken to UCI Medical Center, where he was later died of his injuries. Coroner’s officials were working to determine his identity Monday evening, although police described him as a “…transient, known to Huntington Beach,” in a news release.

The SUV that struck him was driven by a 59-year-old woman from Corona del Mar, police said. She waited at the site of the crash for investigators, who do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

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Bicyclist struck and killed Monday evening in Fullerton

A 33-year-old bicyclist was fatally struck in a traffic crash in Fullerton on Monday evening, the Fullerton Police Department reported.

At about 5:43 p.m., officers responded to the area of Bastanchury Road and Lancer Way to the crash and began administering life-saving measures along with the Fullerton Fire Department. The bicyclist was transported to a local trauma center where he was pronounced deceased, the Police Department reported.

The driver of the involved vehicle remained on-scene and cooperated investigators. Investigators do not believe drugsor alcohol was a factor in the collision, police said in a news release.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Orange County Coroner’s Office, police said.

Anyone with information about this collision is encouraged to contact Accident Investigator H. Barclay at 714-738-6815.

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Costa Mesa driver gets 7 years in prison for fatal alcohol-related hit-and-run crash

SANTA ANA — A 51-year-old Costa Mesa man pleaded guilty Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to seven years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run collision in Costa Mesa nearly two years ago.

Bernardo Alvarez Zalpa admitted felony counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence, hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood-alcohol level higher than .08% or more causing injury.

He also admitted sentencing enhancements for fleeing the scene of a vehicular manslaughter and inflicting great bodily injury on the victim.

Zalpa was driving the evening of Dec. 4, 2018, south in the fast lane of the 55 Freeway, just north of Del Mar Avenue, when his 2002 Honda Accord veered across the freeway and crashed into a 2017 Mini Cooper just after 6 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The Honda then crashed into a 1997 Toyota 4Runner. The 4Runner overturned, ejecting 48-year-old Jose Olguin of Orange, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Accord veered back onto the freeway before the driver exited at Victoria Street, where Costa Mesa police detained him until CHP officers arrived.

The driver of the Mini Cooper, a 41-year-old San Clemente man, escaped injury.

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Bicyclist dies after Sunday afternoon collision at Santiago Canyon Road intersection

A bicyclist was killed following a collision with a vehicle on Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Santiago Canyon and Modjeska Grade roads, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

At about 4 p.m., OCSD dispatch received a call regarding the collision and a woman was found injured at the scene, said Carrie Braun, public information officer for the department. The victim was transferred to a local hospital where she died as a result of her injuries, Braun reported.

The driver of the involved vehicle remained at the scene, Braun said. OCSD’s Major Accident Reconstruction Team was conducting an investigation and Santiago Canyon Road was closed from Falcon to Ridgeline roads.

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