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On Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 11:43 AM, the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) received several calls of a traffic collision involving an overturned vehicle at the intersection of Bristol St. and Santa Clara Ave. Officers responded to the area and located the collision. Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded and began to treat both drivers. They were transported to an area hospital where one of the drivers was pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

The preliminary investigation has revealed two vehicles, a BMW and an Infinity were racing north on Bristol St. approaching Santa Clara Ave. A Ford truck was traveling south on Bristol St., making a left turn onto Santa Clara Ave. As the Ford made the left turn, it was struck by the BMW. The Infinity fled the scene after the collision. The license plate of the Infinity was provided by a witness.

SAPD Officers located the Infinity and the driver, identified as Ricardo Tolento Navarro from Santa Ana, was arrested at the scene for vehicular manslaughter. He was booked at the Santa Ana Jail.

The driver of the BMW, identified as Louie Robert Villa from Santa Ana, was arrested at the hospital for felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He remains in custody at an area hospital.

The Santa Ana Police Department’s Collision Investigations Unit (CIU) is handling the investigation. Anyone possibly having information about this collision is asked to contact Cpl. D. Carrillo at (714) 245-8346 or the Santa Ana Police Department’s Traffic Division at (714) 245-8200.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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