A man has been arrested for suspected DUI after allegedly running a red light and striking a vehicle that was getting off the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa, leaving one person dead and another injured.
The accident occurred just before 10:00pm on Saturday at the Harbor Boulevard off-ramp, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. The driver, who has been identified as an Anaheim resident, allegedly ran a red light and collided with a Kia Optima as it was exiting the 405 freeway. The driver of the Kia, a 23-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger in the Kia was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries.
The driver who allegedly caused the collision pulled into a nearby parking lot and called the police. According to Costa Mesa police, he had already allegedly struck another vehicle near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Date Place. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony DUI, felony-hit-and-run andvehicular manslaughter and was then released on $100,000 bail on Sunday afternoon.
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