Costa Mesa was the sad setting for a car collision that turned into a hit and run on Tuesday October 28th. Allegedly the accident was caused by the driver of a red Toyota Corolla being under the influence while he was driving. Six total were injured in the crash and were taken to the hospital. The incident first started when Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott tried to pull over the Corolla on Harbor Boulevard around 6:15 p.m. Refusing to stop, the driver kept driving further down the road towards Wilson Street.
From what Greg Scott said, The Corolla kept going and sideswiped a gray Ford pickup heading south on Harbor which was the start of all of the chaos. Then the truck was forced into a head on collision into a Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox was hit so hard it began to spin out and smashed into a Hyundai Elantra that was heading toward the northern side of Harbor, then the Chevy ended off the road and into a local Chinese kitchen. When the fire department got there they inspected the building that had been hit and deemed that the damage was not severe enough to close or condemn the building which was great news for the business owners.
A total of 6 people injured in the car accident. Four of them were taken to the Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo for medical attention. The other two were sent to the UCI Medical Center in Orange. Police made a point to say that thankfully none of their injuries were a matter of life and death situation.
The driver of the Corolla did not get away free. Police arrested the driver and charged him with suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run. The driver was then identified by police Tuesday night as Jose Chanico-Retana, 35, a resident of Costa Mesa. At this point, the investigation is still ongoing.
Harbor Boulevard was completely shut down in both directions by local police while the crash was cleaned up. Streets were reopened around 7:30 p.m.
It’s extremely unfortunate that accidents like this happen to innocent people like this. If you live in the Costa Mesa area, and you find yourself being a victim in a situation like this, contact a Costa Mesa Injury Attorney.