A 31-year-old woman from San Jose was killed Thursday morning when she was struck by one of three vehicles involved in a crash in Santa Ana and a 45-year-old Buena Park man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
The crash occurred just before 10 a.m. on Main Street between Washington Avenue and 15th Street, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.
“Upon arrival, officers found all vehicles involved in the collision were in the middle of the intersection,” according to a police statement. “The adult female was lying on the northwest corner of 15th and Main Street suffering from severe injuries.”
Orange County Fire Authority personnel took the woman to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
No one else required being taken to a hospital.
Investigators secured video of the crash, which showed a gray Chevrolet Malibu traveling south on Main Street at what police called an unsafe speed.
The Chevrolet struck the left rear bumper of a white Ford Ranger, sending it careening onto the sidewalk, where it struck the woman, police said.
The Chevrolet then veered right onto the sidewalk and struck a large palm tree before coming to a stop in the roadway, police said.
“After striking the pedestrian, the white Ford Ranger struck a black Mercedes that was stopped facing eastbound on 15th Street,” police said.
The Chevrolet driver, identified as Geoffrey William Bicking, “displayed objective symptoms of narcotic use and an assessment of his impairment revealed he was driving while under the influence of drugs,” police said.
“Investigators arrested him at the scene for suspicion of DUI and other charges,” police said. “He was taken to the Santa Ana Police Department Jail to be processed for the several charges.”
The name of the woman who died was not immediately available.