Highways in O.C. were deadly over holiday weekend

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Article Date: 5/26/2009 | Resource: MLG

Highways in O.C. were deadly over holiday weekend

“More people died or got arrested for drunken driving in Orange County this Memorial Day weekend.”

Four people were killed in traffic collisions over the Memorial Day weekend in Orange County.

Last year, no fatalities were reported in O.C., while 19 people died in traffic accidents statewide.

More than 30 people were killed statewide during the holiday weekend reporting period, the California Highway Patrol reported. The death toll reflects information collected by the CHP of all police jurisdictions throughout the state. Last year.

Over the holiday weekend in O.C.:

•Alcohol was believed to be a factor in a fatal crash just before 2 a.m. Saturday at Knott Street and Stanford Avenue in Garden Grove. A van driven by Jose Hernandezdiaz, 53, of Santa Ana crashed into a light pole, police said.

•A 53-year-old motorcyclist, Keith Pestotnik of Trabuco Canyon was killed Saturday when he lost control of his bike on Santiago Canyon Road

•A 9-year-old Lake Forest girl died instantly after being ejected from a Chevrolet Tahoe about 5:30 p.m. Sunday on El Toro Road and Pino Lane.

•The driver of a red Chrysler was killed when the vehicle went off the southbound lanes of 5 freeway at Culver Drive at 4:52 p.m. Monday and struck a tree.

Drunken driving arrests were up in Orange County – from 48 last year to 53 this year, according to the California Highway Patrol. Statewide, DUI arrests were about the same – 1,296 this year, compared to 1,301 last year.

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Jeffrey Marquart