Four Killed in Suspected Drunk Driving Crash in Santa Ana

Four people were killed in a two-vehicle crash Sunday in Santa Ana and one of the drivers was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

The motorist was later identified as 28-year-old Vincent Michael Calvo of Buena Park, and his bail was set at $4 million, according to a Santa Ana Police Department watch commander who said Calvo was booked on suspicion of four counts of murder and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing great bodily injury or death.

"He (Calvo) was transported (to an area hospital) as a trauma patient because of the violence of the collision," Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. "He has been treated and has been okayed to be released to us, and he will be transported to jail."

Bertagna told reporters Calvo was apparently "extremely intoxicated."

Authorities were notified of the crash at Fourth Street and Tustin Avenue at 2:30 a.m. A black Jeep going westbound collided with a white Chevrolet pickup truck going southbound on Tustin Avenue, Bertagna said.

"Both vehicles flipped over multiple times," he said. "The driver of the Jeep got out his vehicle, at the same time an off-duty firefighter and nurse were at the scene."

The firefighter was able to put out the fire and the nurse, his wife, rendered aid to Calvo, who was the lone occupant inside his Jeep. He was taken to an area hospital and later released to police, Bertagna said.

The four people inside the pickup were pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Tustin Avenue and Fourth Street are closed indefinitely while the investigation continues.

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