A 15-year-old boy was killed this morning when a suspected drunk driver crashed into the car he had been riding in on the Orange (57) Freeway in Fullerton, authorities said. Photo via OnScene.TV.
A 15-year-old boy was killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed into the car he had been riding in on the Orange (57) Freeway in Fullerton, authorities said. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A 15-year-old boy was killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed into the car he had been riding in on the Orange (57) Freeway in Fullerton, authorities said.

The boy was later identified as Santa Ana resident Luis Torres, according to the coroner’s office.

The crash was reported at 2 a.m. Sunday on the southbound Orange Freeway just north of the Yorba Linda Boulevard off-ramp, according to Ryan Smith of the California Highway Patrol.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the car Torres was in, a 2009 Honda driven by a 27-year-old woman, had stopped on the right shoulder of the highway for an unknown reason, according to the CHP collision report.

Two other passengers had exited the car and were standing to the right of it while the driver and Torres remained inside when another car, driven by a 28-year-old woman later determined to be under the influence of alcohol, drifted onto the right shoulder at an unknown speed, crashed into a roadway sign and then into the rear of the Honda.

Torres, who was sitting in the backseat on the driver’s side, suffered major head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to CHP and the coroner’s office.

Both drivers suffered major injuries — the 28-year-old sustained a fractured back and the 27-year-old sustained fractured ribs and sternum — and were taken to UCI Medical Center, according to the CHP report.

The 28-year-old driver, identified as Nicole Cortinas of Moreno Valley, was subsequently arrested.

A SigAlert was issued at 2:21 a.m. shutting down the two right lanes of the southbound Orange Freeway. It was cancelled at 5:09 a.m.

—City News Service

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