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Coroner's Office Confirms ID of Fourth Victim in Saturday's Crash

Four of the victims, three men and a woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth person in the vehicle, a 24-year-old woman, was in serious condition.

Closeup of damaged light standard. Patch photo by Penny Arevalo.
Closeup of damaged light standard. Patch photo by Penny Arevalo.

The Coroner's Office on Sunday identified the fourth person killed during a single-vehicle crash in San Clemente, where speed and alcohol played deadly factors.

The fourth victim was identified as Luis Olivar, 22 of San Juan Capistrano.

Deputies were dispatched at 1:30 a.m. Saturday to South El Camino Real near the intersection of Avenida Valencia. There, they found a BMW 3 series with extensive damage, said Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jeff Hallock.

Four of the victims, three men and a woman, were pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

A fifth person in the vehicle, a 24-year-old woman, was sent to Mission Hospital Regional Trauma Center in serious condition, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

Her friends told CBS2 the survivor is Josephine Garcia.

"She's in serious condition, but from what I was able to gather, she is expected to survive," Hallock said.

Three of those killed in the crash were identified as Martin Junior Nieto, 26, of Laguna Niguel and Pablo Vargas Diaz, 25, and Lucia Garcia Solis, 27, both of San Juan Capistrano, Hallock said.

Diaz was the car's driver, according to CBS2.

Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, Hallock said.

Witnesses told officers the vehicle had been speeding southbound in the 900 block of El Camino Real, approaching the Esplanade, when it smashed into a light pole and a palm tree, and split into two pieces, sheriff's Lt. Dan Dwyer said.

he asked anyone with information about events leading up to the crash to contact the sheriff's department at (714) 647-7000 or (949) 770-6011.

—City News Service  

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