A Costa Mesa man was arrested in connection with a crash early Monday that left one of his two passengers dead, authorities said.
Felix Jacobo Brito, 37, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Santa Ana police said.
The crash was reported about 12:30 a.m. at 1200 S. Fairview St., between McFadden and Edinger avenues, Santa Ana police Cmdr. Chris Revere said.
Brito was driving southbound on Fairview away from McFadden when he lost control of his vehicle and veered off the roadway into a nearby flood-control channel, police said.
A male passenger was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Orange County Coroner’s Office officials on Monday afternoon identified the man as Felipe Brito, 47. Authorities did not immediately confirm if he and Felix Brito were related.
Felipe Brito, 47, was identified Monday as the passenger who died after being thrown from the car he was riding in when it crashed into a flood-control channel on south Fairview Street just south of W. McFadden Avenue, according to a press release issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.
Cause of the Orange County Crash
As a passeger, the deceased likely could have done nothing to prevent this fatal collision that ultimately took his life. The California Highway Patrol will surely look at the speed of the vehicle, witness reports, and other factors to determine what occurred and who was responsible. Collisions such as this one can have countless causes, including unsafe passing maneuvers, swerving to avoid an object in the road, falling asleep at the wheel, driving under the influence, or driver distraction.
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