An investigation was underway on Saturday after a car being driven by an unlicensed driver crashed into a concrete barrier near the 5 Freeway in Santa Ana, leaving the passenger dead, according to authorities.
The single-vehicle collision, which involved a black 2001 BMW sports sedan, occurred around 2 a.m. at the intersection of First Street and the 5 Freeway, a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department stated.
Witnesses told police that the BMW was going more than 80 mph in an eastbound direction on First Street and was running red lights prior to the collision, according to the release.
Eventually, the BMW crashed into a concrete barrier at the southeast corner of the freeway on-ramp.
The passenger of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver, who had to be extricated by firefighters using heavy equipment, was critically injured and rushed to Western Medical Center, police said.
The identities of the passenger and the driver have not yet been released.
Police said there was preliminary information indicating that the driver was under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.
Investigators also found that the car’s speedometer was stuck at 82 mph following the impact, the release stated.
The driver did not have a license and had a history of speeding violations, police said, adding that charges in connection with the crash were “pending.”