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Santa Ana man killed by car crash into a tree

June 17, 2012 |  6:22 pm

A 27-year-old Santa Ana man was killed early Sunday morning after he drove onto a median and hit a tree, authorities said.

Police found a driver and a passenger inside a 90s BMW on the 1300 block of South Fairview Street just after 2 a.m., Santa Ana Police Sgt. Matt Brown said.

The driver, identified by the coroner’s department as  Francisco Becerra, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger had no visible injuries, but was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, Brown said.

“There’s a bend in the road that’s a common spot we have crashes,” Brown said, adding that a row of trees lines the middle of the median.  He said the trees are “big enough to really hurt you.”

It was not immediately clear if the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash, Brown said.   


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