A driver was killed and two passengers were injured Friday night when a car crashed into a tree in Huntington Beach, authorities said.
Officers responded about 8 p.m. to a traffic collision near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Sterling Drive (map), the Huntington Beach Police Department said in a statement. The officers arrived to find a teal 1991 Acura Integra “with major collision damage in the roadway,” the statement said.
The driver, a 21-year-old Rowland Heights man, was partially restrained in the driver’s seat and suffering from major injuries, according to police.
A male and female, both believed to be passengers, were outside of the vehicle. They were treated at the scene by Huntington Beach Fire Department paramedics before being transported to UCI Medical Center with moderate injuries.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. His name was not immediately released, pending notification of his family.
The two passengers were identified only as 22-year-old residents of Rowland Heights.
A preliminary investigation indicated that the Acura was traveling northbound on Beach Boulevard “at a high rate of speed,” according to the police statement. “The vehicle lost traction with the roadway and collided with a tree on the shoulder.”
Investigators said one of the passengers was ejected in the crash, and two of the occupants apparently were not properly restrained.
“Alcohol does appear to be a factor in this collision,” the statement said.
An ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Police Department’s Major Incident Reconstruction Team.
As of Saturday morning, no arrests had been made and no citations had been issued in the incident, according to authorities.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Huntington Beach Police Accident Investigator Tai Huynh at 714-536-5670 or Accident Investigator Robert Barr at 714-536-5666.
During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 714-960-8825. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637, beginning the message with “OCCS.”