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Rancho Santa Margarita Man Perishes in Drunk Driving Accident

Bryan Meza, 21, was the passenger. The driver of his car, who has not been yet identified, also died. He was unlicensed and had a history of speeding violations.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A drunken motorist, driving unlicensed and with a history of speeding violations, suffered critical injuries and his passenger was killed today in a speed-related crash in Santa Ana.

"The needle of the BMW's speedometer was stuck at 82 miles per hour after the impact," said Santa Ana police Sgt. Don Humphrey. The name of the driver, a man in his mid-20s, was not immediately released.

His passenger was later identified as Bryan Meza, 21, of Rancho Santa Margarita by the Coroner's Office. Meza was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paramedics rushed the driver from the reported 2:06 a.m. crash on a concrete freeway barrier on the onramp to the Santa Ana (5) Freeway at Western Avenue in Santa Ana. He was taken to Western Medical Center, Humphrey said.

The black 2001 BMW 325i had been seen speeding above 80 mph and running some red lights eastbound on First Street, It his a concrete barrier at the freeway onramp, the police sergeant said.

The impact caused the major damage to the front of the car and "significant amount of damage to the barrier," he said. '

"The driver was found to be unlicensed and issued a California Index number with a history of speeding violations," Humphrey said. "The investigation is still ongoing and charges against the driver are pending."

--City News Service


Brainwashed_In_Church June 22, 2014 at 08:54 PM
"Bryan was a nice Christian kid". Well, that validates things.
Heather Schultz June 23, 2014 at 03:00 AM
If the driver was drinking that's one thing but none of you know a damn thing about the man that sat passenger you should be ashamed of yourself someone lost their life and you think its okay to sit behind a screen and they such heartless remarks shame on you joe endo SHAME ON YOU! Bryan Meza was one amazing young man!
Heather Schultz June 23, 2014 at 03:01 AM
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mOmO123 June 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Im sorry but why do people always need to include someones religion when justifying if they were a good person or not? There are plenty of bad christian kids as well. No sympathy for drunk drivers
Joe Endo June 23, 2014 at 01:54 PM
The vast majority of the time.... Idiots like these two..... Kill completely innocent bystanders on the street or in another vehicle! And absolutely no doubt they both did this numerous times in the past! It was only a matter of time before this happened to them...... So it's nice to see that they only took themselves out. Would he still be a "nice Christian boy"..... If they had killed others with their complete stupidity and lack of respect for others??!! Again.... No tears in my eyes!

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