Costa Mesa : Driver Killed When Car Skids at 100 M.P.H.

A 25-year-old Costa Mesa man was fatally injured Sunday night when his speeding vehicle struck another car and veered out of control, crashing into a light standard.

Witnesses told police that the 1986 Hyundai Excel driven by Keith Edward McCarthy was traveling at up to 100 m.p.h. northbound on Fairview Road in Costa Mesa when it clipped the left rear of another northbound vehicle, according to Sgt. Robert Ballinger. McCarthy apparently lost control and skidded into the light pole.

McCarthy was pronounced dead at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. The driver of the other vehicle, Louise Litka, 38, of Anaheim, was unhurt.

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