MyNewsLA reports that a single-vehicle crash in Orange County earlier this week has left one person dead and three others injured.
Sgt. Scott Steinle, acting as a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said in a statement that the fatal crash happened on Tuesday, December 6, at approximately 9:30 p.m. when an 18-year-old driver crashed their vehicle through concrete barricades and into a chain link fence near the intersection of Westminster Boulevard and Rancho Road in Huntington Beach.
The barricades were put in place to protect a large trench that had been dug for an Orange County sewer project currently under construction. According to Commander Kevin McCormack of the Westminster Police Department, the car was only held back from going over the edge into the trench by the chain link fence.
One of the passengers in the vehicle, an 18-year-old girl, was declared dead at the scene. Two other passengers and the driver were taken to an area hospital for treatment. The driver had to undergo emergency surgery and is expected to remain hospitalized for at least the next 10 days.
Investigators are in the process of obtaining a search warrant to learn whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the fatal crash.
Orange County authorities ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Sgt. Anil Adams at (714) 548-3770 or contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIPS-OCCS.