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Alleged DUI Driver Kills Woman in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

Authorities in Costa Mesa, Calif. responded to a fatal car crash on the 405 freeway on Saturday evening, according to KTLA news. The accident is believed to have been caused by a drunk driver.

About the Fatal Car Accident

Sgt. David Casarez with the Costa Mesa Police Department told reporters the accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. on the 405 near the exit for Harbor Boulevard. A driver, identified as Brandon Anthony Alvarez, allegedly ran a red light before striking a vehicle in the process of exiting the 405.

Alvarez struck a Kia Optima driven by Marcela Pacheco Garciaguirre, 23 of Irvine. Garciaguirre was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger of the Kia was transported to a nearby hospital with what is described as moderate injuries.

Police say Alvarez had been involved in a prior hit-and-run accident shortly before the fatal collision near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Date Place. The driver struck by Alvarez in that accident pulled into a parking lot and called police.

Alvarez was arrested and book by police on suspicion of felony DUI, felony hit-and-run, and vehicular manslaughter. He was later released on Sunday on $100,000 bail.

California DUI Facts

The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs provides the following facts about driving under the influence in California.

  • In 2010, about 1,768 people were killed and 24,343 people injured in alcohol or drug-related traffic crashes.
  • That same year approximately 195,879 people were arrested for DUI.
  • The average age of a convicted DUI offender in 2010 was 30-years-old.
  • 35% of drivers aged 21 to 24 had BAC levels of .08 or more.
  • About 27% of fatal motorcycle accidents involved drivers with a BAC of .08 or highest.


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