TUSTIN – A 23-year-old woman died after she was thrown from a late-night collision on the I-5 freeway when a driver rear ended a big rig, officials said.
Steven Heemstra, 24 of Irvine, was driving a gray 2013 Honda Civic around 11:30 p.m. on the southbound I-5, south of First Street, when he collided with the back of Idolina Romo’s big rig truck, according to California Highway Patrol officials. It is unknown what caused Heemstra to hit the back of the truck.
The crash caused a 23-year-old Santa Ana woman to be thrown from the Honda Civic. She was pronounced dead by Orange County Fire Authority paramedics on the freeway, OCFA Capt. Larry Kurtz said. CHP investigators said she was not wearing a seatbelt.
Heemstra was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana with life-threatening injuries, Kurtz said. Romo was not injured in the collision.
Coroner officials were trying to identify the Santa Ana woman around 8 a.m. Tuesday and will notify her family before releasing her name.
If you or your loved one has been involved in an Orange County car accident, do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced and caring Orange County car accident attorneys at Guldjian & Fasel.Our Orange County car accident attorneys know based on experience that insurance companies often do not operate in the victims’ best interest. In order to protect your interests and rights, it is important that you consult with an experienced Orange County car accident attorney.
At Guldjian & Fasel, we have extensive experience in negotiating with insurance companies to protect our clients’ rights so as to ensure that they obtain the compensation they deserve. It is imperative that you consult with an experienced attorney before discussing your case with an insurance company. The accident attorneys at Guldjian are here to help. Call us at 888.546.5315 for a free consultation.