Red Light Accident Leads to Fatality

A woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI after striking a vehicle that was waiting at a red light. The accident occurred at an intersection in Orange.

The Chevrolet Cruze was stopped at the traffic signal at Chapman Avenue at Yorba street. A driver in a black Toyota Camry struck the car from behind. Flowers and a poster were left behind at the intersection by mourners of the man, identified only as “Steve.”

After being struck by the Camry, the Cruze was pushed into the intersection where it caught fire. Nurses from a nearby hospital rushed to help after seeing the fire and a witness to the accident was able to pull the suspect from her vehicle.

The fire prevented the victim from being rescued.

32-year-old Stephanie Derosas, the driver of the Camry, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter, according to a police report. Authorities allege that she was traveling at a high rate of speed, possibly as fast as 70 m.p.h. The speed limit in that area is 40 m.p.h.

The suspect remained hospitalized, however, there were no details regarding the extent of her injuries.

Details regarding a preliminary court date were also unavailable.

The intersection is equipped with security cameras, which authorities hope will help to piece together details about the accident.

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