The Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Friday identified the three young men who were killed in a violent head-on crash in San Juan Capistrano the previous evening.
Sergio Lugo, 23, Juan Jesus Gutierrez, 26, and Guillermo Enrique Belman-Sanchez, 22, all died after a red Ford Focus collided with a black Honda Accord on Camino Capistrano between Avery Parkway and Junipero Serra Road shortly before 8 p.m. on Thursday, according to a Sheriff’s Department’s news release.
Based on the preliminary evidence, authorities believe the Ford was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed when it crossed over the double yellow line and crashed into the Honda, which was traveling in the opposite direction, the release stated.
Lugo, who was driving the Ford, Gutierrez, a passenger in the Ford, and Belman-Sanchez, the driver of the Honda, were all pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.
An unidentified male and female, both in their 20s, were extricated from the backseat of the Honda and transported to an area trauma center. They remained hospitalized in critical condition on Friday morning.
A dog in one of the vehicles also died in the crash, sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said Thursday night.
Investigators have not determined whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the incident, according to the release. Autopsies and toxicology tests on both drivers were pending.
The crash remained under investigation, and anyone who witnessed or has information about it has been asked to call the department’s Traffic Bureau at 714-647-7000 or 949-425-1860.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted through Orange County Crime Stoppers by calling 855-847-6227, or going to the website occrimestoppers.org.