Laguna Niguel Man IDed in Saturday Morning Car Crash

Martin Junior Nieto, 26, of Laguna Niguel, was one of four victims to die in the crash in San Clemente on Saturday morning.

A sheriff's vehicle at the scene of the accident. Patch photo by Penny Arevalo.
A sheriff's vehicle at the scene of the accident. Patch photo by Penny Arevalo.

Four people were killed and a fifth was injured Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in San Clemente, where speed and alcohol played deadly factors, investigators said.

Deputies dispatched at 1:30 a.m. to South El Camino Real near the intersection of Avenida Valencia. There they found a BMW 3 series with extensive damage, said Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jeff Hallock.

Four of the victims, three men and a woman, were pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

A fifth person in the vehicle, a 24-year-old woman, was transported to Mission Hospital Regional Trauma Center in serious condition, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

"She's in serious condition, but from what I was able to gather, she is expected to survive," Hallock said.

Three of the deceased victims were identified as Martin Junior Nieto, 26, of Laguna Niguel and Pablo Vargas Diaz, 25, and Lucia Garcia Solis, 27, both of San Juan Capistrano, Hallock said. The name of fourth dead victim was withheld pending confirmation of his identity, he said.

– City News Service


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