Girl, 5, dies in crash; 4 others injured

A single-vehicle crash in San Juan Capistrano claimed the life of a 5-year-old girl Saturday evening and injured three other children and the adult driver of an SUV.

“Preliminarily, it appears that alcohol and speed are factors in the collision,” said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

All five occupants of the car were from San Juan Capistrano, he said.

Authorities said the vehicle was on Junipero Serra Road approaching Camino Capistrano where Junipero Serra Road ends at the intersection. The vehicle kept going straight, through the parking lot of a senior-living home and over an embankment, said Capt. Paul Satras of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The crash was reported at 6:53 p.m., and OCFA personnel tried resuscitating the 5 year old, Satras said, but she was pronounced dead at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

No names were released Saturday night, and Hallock said the relationship between the adult driver and the children in the vehicle was not immediately clear.

The surviving passengers had assorted injuries, Satras said. The 29-year-old driver and an 11-year-old girl were taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana for treatment. An 8-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl were taken to Mission Hospital, Satras said.

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