The Los Angeles Times recently reported that a male pedestrian was killed in a rollover crash in Costa Mesa earlier this week.
Authorities believe that the motorist was driving under the influence of drugs at the time of the fatal crash.
In a statement, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Costa Mesa Police Department say that the accident happened near the intersection of Placentia Avenue and Victoria Street. Investigators had determined that 65-year-old Scott Weir of Costa Mesa was driving his pickup truck eastbound on Victoria Street when he lost control of the vehicle.
The 39-year-old victim had been waiting near the intersection for the signal to indicate he could enter the crosswalk when Weir’s vehicle rolled over and struck him and then took out a nearby traffic signal pole.
Officers with the Costa Mesa Police Department and firefighters with the Costa Mesa Fire Department responded to the scene to find the truck engulfed in flames. Weir had managed to extricate himself from his burning vehicle.
The pedestrian that Weir’s pickup truck struck was declared dead at the scene.
Paramedics transported him to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Weir was later arrested on suspicion of DUI. At the time of the report, Weir had not yet been booked into jail.
Costa Mesa Police spokesperson Roxi Fyad told reporters it is now up to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to decide what charges Weir will face in connection to the fatal crash.