2 wrong-way fatal accidents in Orange County

- Authorities in Orange County dealt with two deadly overnight crashes, both involving wrong-way drivers.

A wrong-way motorist driving drunk triggered a two-vehicle crash in Fullerton on Sunday that killed one of the passengers in the first car, according to police.

The driver of a black 2016 Honda Civic and two other passengers were rushed to an area trauma center with major injuries. The fatality was also rushed to the trauma center and was later pronounced dead, Fullerton police
Sgt. Jon Radus said.

The Honda was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the 700 block of South Lemon Street when it collided with a black 2004 Lincoln Aviator, which was going northbound, Radus said.

Officers dispatched to the scene a little after 2:30 a.m. found both vehicles in the northbound lanes, he said. The driver of the Lincoln was not injured and remained at the scene.

``It appears both drivers were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision," Radus said. ``The driver of the Lincoln was initially taken into custody on suspicion of drunken driving, but was later released pending further investigation."

In a separate incident, a 24-year-old man died Sunday after he reportedly drove a vehicle the wrong way and crashed into another car on the 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol received calls around 1:45 a.m. that a white BMW was traveling southbound on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway near Sand Canyon Avenue, CHP Officer Jose Lopez said.

The vehicle transitioned onto the 5 Freeway, still going the wrong way, at a high rate of speed in the carpool lane, passed the Corona del Mar (73) Freeway and collided head-on with a Toyota Camry.

The driver of the BMW, identified as Brian Bobadilla of Downey, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Orange County coroner's office.

The driver and one passenger in the Toyota were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Lopez said.

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