Fiery Car Crash near Springs Valley Left Two Fatalities

IRVINE, CA (July 20, 2022) – Sunday evening, police arrested Jack Varganagl following a fatal fiery crash on Meadow Valley.

The incident happened on July 17th, at around 8:00 p.m. in the area of Meadow Valley and Spring Valley.

According to reports, a Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Golf collided. The impact of the collision caused the Mini Cooper to burst into flames. Orange County Fire Authority and the Irvine Police Department were called to the scene, to contain the situation.

First responders pronounced the driver and passenger of the Mini Cooper dead at the scene. Officials withheld their names pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, police arrested 20-year-old Varganagl, the driver of the Golf, and charged him on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Varganagl sustained injuries after the crash and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

CHP officials ask anyone who has information to reach Detective Roberto Solis at rsolis@cityofirvine.org or call 949-724-7024.

At this time, an active investigation is underway.


Our warm and sincerest sympathies go out to the friends and family of the deceased victims. May the memories of your loved one and the love of family give you strength in the days ahead.


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