An Irvine man has been killed and five people were injured in a Laguna Beach crash on Pacific Coast Highway, according to a news report.
Laguna Beach police said that Erik Ortiz Valencia, 29, of Irvine, was a passenger in a silver Honda involved in a series of crashes that eventually involved five vehicles along Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Valencia died in the crash; the driver of the Honda was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Investigators said the Honda was traveling north on Pacific Coast Highway when it apparently collided with one vehicle and veered into oncoming traffic, causing a series of chain reaction crashes on PCH near Irvine Cove Drive. Police said that drugs or alcohol might have played a role in the fatal accident; they are also looking into road rage as a factor.
Four other people involved in the crash were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
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