The Santa Ana Police Department has released horrific photos from a fatal crash early Sunday in hopes a witness will come forward to tell investigators what happened.
Around 3:20 a.m. Sunday, a 2007 Nissan Murano SUV driven alone by a 19-year-old man north on Flower Street collided with a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven alone by a second man east on Dyer Road.
"The impact caused both vehicles to veer toward the northeast corner of the intersection where a traffic signal and a chain link fence were also struck," reads an advisory from the force's Traffic Division.
"The Chrysler, driven by the unknown male subject overturned and landed at the bottom of the adjacent storm drainage channel and caught fire. Fire Department paramedics responded and extinguished the vehicle fire, after which the driver of the Chrysler was pronounced dead at the scene."
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The Orange County coroner's office has not yet positively identified the deceased driver.
The Nissan driver, who police believe was under the influence of drugs at the time of the collision, was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the collision.
Traffic investigators, who think a witness or witnesses may have left the scene prior to officers arriving, are trying to determine which of the two drivers ran the red light at the intersection. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Weston Hadley at 714.245.8216.