Suspected DUI Collision in North Tustin Street Left Man Dead

ORANGE COUNTY, CA  (July 12, 2023) – Saturday evening, a wrong-way crash on East Katella Avenue left a male driver fatally injured. Initially, officers received two calls around 8:19 p.m. concerning a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a Hyundai Elantra. Reports indicated that the Hyundai was stopped at a green light at E. Katella Avenue and N. Tustin Street. At around 8:20 p.m., the driver woke up and continued traveling west on Katella as patrol officers make their way to the scene. The Hyundai driver then veered into the oncoming traffic between Cambridge and N. Shaffer Street and collided with a Toyota Tundra and a Honda Insight. Consequently, the impact ejected the Hyundai driver ejected from his vehicle, leaving him with fatal injuries. It remains unclear if the Hyundai driver suffered a medical emergency or was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Responding paramedics transported the Tundra driver and his 4-year-old daughter to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Meanwhile, the Honda driver stayed at the scene despite having minor injuries. Further investigation revealed that the deceased Hyundai driver does have prior DUI-related arrests. In the end, Orange County officials closed East Katella Avenue between Cambridge and Shaffer Street for at least six hours for the investigation. Those with additional information about the fatal wrong-way crash can contact Detective Rocha at 714-744-7342.
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