Photo courtesy Santa Ana Police Department.
Photo courtesy Santa Ana Police Department.

A predawn collision at a Santa Ana intersection on Sunday left a man dead and police investigators wondering who he was and if he had the green light.

Police and coroner’s investigators have yet to identify the dead man, who was driving a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Traffic investigators said the PT Cruiser was going east on Dyer Road when it collided with a 2007 Nissan Murano going north on Flower Street at 3:18 a.m.

The impact sent the PT Cruiser off a bridge over a flood control channel, and the vehicle caught fire with the driver trapped inside, where he perished, police said.

The Nissan was driven by a 19-year-old man who, police said, was under the influence of drugs. No charges have been filed against him yet, and police withheld his name.

Investigators have been unable to determine who had a green light, according to police, who said witnesses to the accident left before officers arrived.

Anyone who saw the collision was urged to call Investigator Weston Hadley at (714) 245-8216.

City News Service

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