Miguel Xum Injured, Gerardo Joaquin Garcia Lopez Arrested after DUI Crash near Tustin Ranch Road

SANTA ANA, CA (July 14, 2023) – Sunday afternoon, Gerardo Joaquin Garcia Lopez was arrested after a DUI crash left Rezvan Hekmat dead and Miguel Xum injured. The incident occurred on June 4th, at around 5:15 p.m., near the intersection of Barranca Parkway and Tustin Ranch Road. According to reports, Lopez ran a red light on Barranca Parkway. As a result, Lopez’s vehicle collided with Hekmat’s vehicle. The impact of the collision caused Hekmat, Lopez, and his passenger Xum to sustain injuries. Emergency crews arrived shortly after and transported Lopez and Hekmat to a local hospital for treatment. It is currently unclear whether or not Xum needed to be hospitalized. At the hospital, officials pronounced 67-year-old Rezvan Hekmat, of Laguna Hills, dead, due to the extent of her injuries. Following his hospitalization, police arrested 25-year-old Gerardo Joaquin Garcia Lopez, of Santa Ana, for DUI. He has since been charged. Reports also indicate that Lopez was traveling with one other passenger that did not sustain injuries.
The team at Sweet James sends their warm and sincerest sympathies out to the friends and family of Rezvan Hekmat. May the memories of your loved one give you strength and comfort in the days ahead.
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