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An Orange County man killed when his sport utility vehicle went airborne and struck a portion of a residence in Coto de Caza was identified Saturday as a student at Cal State Fullerton.

Franz Nalezny, 22, died in the crash Friday night shortly after 7:30 p.m., according to the Orange County coroner's office. He had been driving southbound on Vista Del Verde, not far from his family's home, when he struck a curb and lost control of his vehicle, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The SUV had been traveling at a high rate of speed, according to the California Highway Patrol. "At some point the car became airborne and it traveled some 40 to 50 feet in the air, landing on top of a wall next to the house," Concialdi said.

Nalezny, a college student who came home on weekends, died instantly in the crash, Concialdi said.

The car remained perched on the retaining wall that runs parallel to the residence, which is located on Cherry Hills Drive. A crane was brought in to lift the vehicle and return it to the ground.

A mother was watching TV inside the residence with her 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter when the crash occurred, Concialdi said. They were not injured.


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