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H.B. man identified as driver killed when SUV hits poles and a fence in Costa Mesa

H.B. man identified as driver killed when SUV hits poles and a fence in Costa Mesa
A utility pole leans after an SUV crashed into it early Saturday in Costa Mesa. The driver was killed. (Onscene.tv, via KTLA)

A Huntington Beach man died after the SUV he was driving slammed into a signal pole, a utility pole and an iron fence in a residential neighborhood in Costa Mesa early Saturday, officials said.

The crash occurred at about 12:25 a.m. at Victoria Street and Pacific Avenue, the Costa Mesa Police Department said.

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Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the scene, officials said. He was identified as Diogo Carlos Matera Moya, 36, the Orange County coroner’s office said Monday.

The cause of death had not been determined, the coroner’s office said.

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The Police Department was investigating the crash.

“A single Toyota SUV appeared to hit a signal pole before the vehicle struck a wooden Edison pole and then continued westbound [on Victoria], where it struck an iron fence,” according to a police statement.

Victoria Street and Canyon Drive were temporarily closed in the area as workers repaired damaged equipment, police said.

The crash was the second fatal wreck on that stretch of road in three months. A Huntington Beach man was killed early Sept. 15 when his car crashed into a traffic signal pole near Victoria and Pacific.

Sclafani is a Daily Pilot staff writer.

This article was originally published at 7:30 a.m. and was later updated with additional details.

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