SANTA ANA – A man died early Monday morning after his car was struck by a driver who ran a red light while speeding, police said.
The collision that closed the intersection of North Bristol Street and West 1st Street for an expected 10 hours happened shortly after 2 a.m. when a driver in a Mercedes speeding southbound ran a red light and broadsided a man in a Ford Mustang headed eastbound, police Commander Jeffrey Smith said.
After the collision, witnesses reported seeing two injured men leave the Mercedes. Police initially said two men appeared to have fled the car.
Orange County Fire Authority paramedics found a man in his 40s lying on the grass near the wreck and took him to UCI Medical Center in Orange to be treated for minor back and hip pain, OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi said.
Another man officials suspect was in the Mercedes during the collision was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana with a fractured leg and minor cuts.
Authorities did not know if one of those men was the driver, and no arrests have been made yet.
OCFA firefighters used the jaws of life to cut into the Mustang in hopes of saving the driver, Concialdi said.
“We had to get access to him to determine if we could save him,” Concialdi said.
By the time paramedics reached the Mustang driver, he had died. His name was not immediately released.
He remained inside the car at 7 a.m. while coroner officials responded, and OCFA officials planned to extricate the body Monday morning, Concialdi said.
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