Santa Ana: One Dead, Two Injured After Crash Into Pole

08.22.2021 | 12:16 AM | SANTA ANA – One person was dead and two others were injured after a suspected DUI crash that left one vehicle wrapped around a pole, early Sunday morning.

The crash was reported outside the Mile Square Apartments, located in the 4800 block of West McFadden Avenue, around 12:16 AM.

When units arrived on scene they located a white Ford Edge wrapped around a utility pole along with a white Toyota Sequoia that had sustained damage to its rear quarter panel.

Firefighters discovered three victims inside the Ford including two who were trapped in the wreckage.

Using the Jaws of Life and other power tools firefighters freed one of the trapped victims before rushing them along with another passenger to an area hospital for treatment.

The third victim, the Ford’s driver, was pronounced deceased on scene before she could be extricated. Officials later identified her as 21-year-old Wendy Rosas, of Westminster.

All occupants of the Toyota were not uninjured and declined medical treatment.

Preliminary reports suggest the Ford was traveling eastbound on McFadden Avenue when it collided with the rear quarter of the Toyota. The impact caused the Ford to veer onto the sidewalk and into a utility pole.

Numerous alcoholic beverage containers were discovered inside the Ford leading investigators to suspect that drunk driving may be a factor in the crash.

All directions of West McFadden Avenue are closed between South Newhope and Euclid streets until further notice while authorities investigate.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it are urged to contact the Santa Ana Police Department Traffic Division by calling (714) 245-8216.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Orange County Crime Stoppers by calling (855) TIP-OCCS or by visiting their website at

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