IRVINE, Calif. – Early Thursday morning (Dec. 3), a Santa Ana man
died after a suspected drunk driver allegedly started a series of crashes
after swerving across lanes on the transition from the southbound I-5
to the 133 toll road, the
Orange County Register reported.
The victim, J. Ticas, 39, of Santa Ana, was killed after being struck by
a third vehicle while he was standing near his car, authorities said.
At 5:13 a.m., the California Highway Patrol was alerted about the series
of crashes after a man driving a black Dodge Charger reportedly swerved
across several lanes at the transition from the southbound I-5 to the
133 toll road, according to CHP Officer F. Olivera.
The driver of the Charger who was arrested on suspicion of DUI, was hit
by a big-rig, causing the Charger to swerve. The DUI suspect was identified
as J. Garmon of Trabuco Canyon. According to the authorities, this was
second DUI arrest.
As Garmon swerved he veered in front of Ticas, who was driving a white
GMC Yukon, sending the Charger into a guard rail before stopping horizontally
Ticas stopped his SUV about 100 feet south of the Dodge Charger. He stepped
out of his vehicle and walked over to the other man.
The men spoke briefly, then Ticas started calling someone on his phone
as he stopped near his SUV on the highway, standing behind the Yukon,
At that moment, a man in a Nissan 240SX drove onto the transition. When
he saw the Dodge Charger blocking the lanes he swerved to avoid a collision.
The driver of the Nissan overcorrected and struck Ticas, as he stood in
the road. Ticas was launched over the guardrail, where he fell 50 feet
to his death.
A man driving a white Toyota Camry drove onto the transition and crashed
when he tried to avoid the Dodge in the roadway. The driver of the Camry
was transported to Orange County Medical Center in Santa Ana; he is expected
to survive his injuries.
Another driver, Mickey, who didn’t provide his last name, told the
Register that when he saw the crash scene, he stopped and asked if everyone was
okay. When he looked down the hill, he saw Ticas laying at the bottom
of the hill, and another driver with him.
Mickey said they started doing CPR on Ticas, but when Mickey turned him
over, Ticas’ face was smashed. Mickey performed CPR for about 5
minutes, but he couldn’t get him back and he was obviously bleeding
internally. Mickey told the
Register that he’d never seen anything like this.
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