Woman Suspected of DUI in Early Morning Crash That Killed 23-Year-Old Man in Costa Mesa

A woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI after an early-morning crash that killed a 23-year-old man in Costa Mesa Tuesday.

Emergency crews respond to a fatal crash in Costa Mesa on May 1, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

Emergency crews respond to a fatal crash in Costa Mesa on May 1, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

The three-vehicle crash occurred near the intersection of Mesa Drive and Santa Ana Avenue at about 12:20 a.m., Costa Mesa police said in a news release.

Witnesses said the driver of a red Honda was traveling west on Mesa Drive when a white Volkswagen SUV with two people inside ran a red light at a high rate of speed and struck the Honda.

“As the red car was crossing Santa Ana, the white vehicle T-boned the red car … and the red car ran into me,” Anthony Straws said.

Straws was not injured in the incident.

Police have not confirmed the details of the crash, but Costa Mesa Police Department Sgt. Dan Miles said alcohol was a factor.

The driver of the white SUV, 24-year-old Costa Mesa resident Kimberly Rene Martin, will be arrested on suspicion of DUI after receiving hospital treatment for injuries that were not life threatening, police said.

The driver of the red Honda, identified as a 23-year-old Enrique Orlando Marquez, of Tustin, died at the scene, authorities said. Officials at the scene had earlier said the victim was 24 years old.

Witnesses said a passenger in the SUV fled the scene immediately after the crash, but he has been accounted for, according to Sgt. Patrick Wessel.

Martin could face charges ranging from DUI to vehicular manslaughter and homicide, Miles said.

Mesa Drive at Santa Ana Avenue was closed until about 7 a.m. for the investigation.

Anyone with information about the crash can contact Detective Darren Wood 714-754-5264.

KTLA's Erika Martin contributed to this report.