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Update: Victims IDed in Car Crash that Claimed Four

Witnesses told officers the vehicle had been speeding southbound on the 900 block of El Camino Real when it struck a light standard and then a palm tree and split into two pieces.

A sheriff's vehicle at the scene of the accident. Patch photo by Penny Arevalo.
A sheriff's vehicle at the scene of the accident. Patch photo by Penny Arevalo.
Updated: 8:55 p.m., Dec. 7, 2013. Originally published at 8:25 a.m.

Four people were killed and a fifth was injured today in a single-vehicle crash in San Clemente, where speed and alcohol played deadly factors, investigators said.

Deputies dispatched at 1:30 a.m. 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.

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

She was identified by CBS2, which cited friends of the victims, as Josephine Garcia.

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.

CBS2 has identified the fourth fatality as Louie Silva, whose age was not released.

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, splitting into two pieces, sheriff's Lt. Dan Dwyer said.

Anyone with information about the crash was urged to contact the sheriff's department at (714) 647-7000 or (949) 770-6011.

City News Service

starr December 07, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Sad. They must have been going really fast. Im betting alcohol was a factor. My heart goes out to the victims families.
Heidi Hatmaker Bleick December 07, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Waking to live coverage on local NBC news from the horrific accident scene that happened around 1:30 AM, right down the street. Cut to a close up shot of the completely mangled white BMW (still shown wrapped around the palm tree) then realizing that is the EXACT CAR (make/model/year) that both of our kids each drive. Thankfully, our two young adults made it home with their cars & were safely protected last night. Sadly, my heart breaks for the families involved in this tragedy who will never be the same again. I am so very sorry. I lift you all in my prayers. ♡
Julie Rees December 07, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Drove by the scene this am. My heart aches for each and every person effected by this horrific accident. God bless these victims and families.
Rocky Neidhardt December 07, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Crazy !! Concrete was blasted over 700 yards away! This person was going over 100mph
Carlos December 07, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Who was driving this car...? In the end they should be held responsible for the lives they took. Sad when alcohol is mixed. That person should be charged to the full extent if thwy are the person whl survived. Does anyone know who it is? ?
PK December 07, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Insane to go that fast on Camino Real . Extreme poor judgement has resulted in another senseless waste of life. People drive way too fast in general. To have a car and a licence should be a very special privilege, not a right of everyone. A car can be very deadly if driven the wrong way. In this case, and so very many others. My thoughts are with these victims families. I have been through it myself with someone very close. More than heartbreaking.
chuchrizo December 08, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Massiel where u there did u see it
CDM December 08, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Thanks for the update Massiel the Merciful. There is a reason the police don't release names. For the sake of his family, I hope they didn't read about it here. With friends like you, who needs enemies.
Shorty Olivares December 08, 2013 at 04:19 AM
I knew one of them martin nieto when to elementry school and middle school with him and his bro nice guy and so young am I shock I just can belive this ...speechless
Shirley Dicktor December 08, 2013 at 12:09 PM
What could any of them been thinking?
Douglas Martin December 08, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Can't wait for the Google automatic driverless non-carbon consuming cars. We will look back on the carnage of the first 150 years of personal transportation and wonder how anyone survived. Respects to the friends and families of everyone involved.

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