Woman Who Stopped Car After Minor Crash on 405 Fwy in Costa Mesa Is Fatally Hit by Another Vehicle

A 42-year-old woman who stopped her car on the 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa after a minor collision was killed when another car slammed into her, authorities said.

At approximately 4:45 a.m., Aldagracia Cruz-Penaloza of Tustin was involved in a non-injury crash on the northbound 405 near Fairview Road, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

She stopped her 2017 Toyota in the No. 1 lane, and the other vehicle involved in the collision pulled over to the right shoulder.

Cruz-Penaloza and her passenger then got out of the vehicle.

Minutes later, while they were standing at the rear of the Toyota, a 43-year-old man behind the wheel of a 2015 Audi hit the victim and her car, according to CHP.

The crash left Cruz-Penaloza with fatal injuries, the release stated.

It also pushed the Toyota into the No. 3 lane, causing another collision involving a 2000 Chevrolet, authorities said.

The Toyota passenger and the Chevrolet driver suffered minor injuries in the crashes and were taken to a local hospital.

The Audi driver was not injured, and he was not arrested.

CHP shut down the left four lanes of the northbound 405 while they investigated the deadly incident.

The closure caused a traffic jam in the area as at least one heavily damaged car remained on the freeway as of 6:15 a.m., Sky5 video showed.

Traffic was backed up more than 2 miles near State Route 55. State Route 73 also appeared to have been affected.

All lanes of the 405 were reopened about five hours later.

 

 

 

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