Orange County man, 19, dies in single-car crash in Costa Mesa


A high rate of speed may have contributed to a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a 19-year-old Orange County resident, Costa Mesa police said Monday.

Luis Adrian Torres died when his car struck a tree at 12:36 a.m. Sunday on Susan Street near Sunflower Avenue.

Torres was “probably going too fast,” CMPD Traffic Investigator Darren Wood said.

However, the cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

Wood said it was unknown whether alcohol played a role in the single-car accident.

Toxicology tests will be performed, which is standard in cases like these, he said.

A passenger in the car, a 1990 Jaguar XJ-6, sustained fractures and other injuries and was recovering at a local hospital.


“She’ll survive,” Wood said.

Costa Mesa Councilman Steve Mensinger said on Twitter that Torres had attended Estancia High School, calling the loss “sad.”

Torres graduated in 2011, relatives said.

Witnesses were asked to contact Traffic Investigator Wood at (714) 754-5264.


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