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5 Freeway Multi-Vehicle Crash Left Two Fatalities

IRVINE, CA (November 19, 2021) – A multi-vehicle crash on 5 Freeway claimed the life of Alice Read and one other person early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred around 2:10 a.m. at the southbound Santa Ana 5 Freeway near Yale Avenue.

According to the CHP, a 2016 Honda Civic driven by Shalaya A. Sierra stopped on the right shoulder of the highway.

Afterwards, a man exited the vehicle and was struck by a passing white Honda.

Eventually, the first responders arrived at the scene and declared the man dead at the scene including 25-year-old Alice Read.

Read was occupying the middle rear of the 2016 Honda. Paramedics rushed her to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

Meanwhile, police arrested Jorge Erasto Cruz for driving under the influence.

Currently, he is being held in Orange County Jail on a $1 million bail.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Alice Read and the unidentified victim.


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