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22-Year-Old San Juan Capistrano Man Confirmed Dead in Car Accident

The fourth victim in Saturday's accident in San Clemente was identified as Luis Silva Olivar, 22 of San Juan Capistrano. In addition, Pablo Vargas Diaz, 25, and Lucia Garcia Solis, 27, both of Capistrano, died in the crash.

Closeup of damaged light standard. Patch photo by Penny Arevalo.
Closeup of damaged light standard. Patch photo by Penny Arevalo.

Originally posted at 10:36 a.m. Dec. 8, 2013.

The Coroner's Office on Sunday identified the fourth person killed during a single-vehicle crash in San Clemente, where speed and alcohol played deadly factors.

The fourth victim was identified as Luis Silva Olivar, 22 of San Juan Capistrano.

Deputies were dispatched at 1:30 a.m. Saturday 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 sent to Mission Hospital Regional Trauma Center in serious condition, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

Her friends told CBS2 the survivor is Josephine Garcia.

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

Three of those killed in the crash 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.

Diaz was the car's driver, according to CBS2.

Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, Hallock said.

Witnesses told officers the vehicle had been speeding southbound in the 900 block of El Camino Real, approaching the Esplanade, when it smashed into a light pole and a palm tree, and split into two pieces, sheriff's Lt. Dan Dwyer said.

He asked anyone with information about events leading up to the crash to contact the sheriff's department at (714) 647-7000 or (949) 770-6011.

—City News Service  

Mike Johnson December 09, 2013 at 10:36 AM
To all of the families of those who passed away... I am truly deeply sad for your loss. No matter what the circumstances were, it is a sad, sad loss of life. May God welcome them in His arms, and may God minister to your hurt and sorrow. Truly sorry for you...
Lauren December 09, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Luis was a local kid who went to school with my sons in San Clemente from the time they were in grade school. He was a good young man who got his barber license and worked at a local barber shop in SJC. My two sons and my husband got their hair cut from Luis regularly. My one son, who was just home from college for Thanksgiving got his last trim. For the families, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your good memories. Luis will be missed.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 09, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Lauren, which shop? This story is so sad. Working on a follow-up.
Lauren December 09, 2013 at 11:24 AM
It was in El Adobe Plaza. Yes, it is so sad and my boys are very upset.
starr December 09, 2013 at 11:54 AM
My heart goes out to family and friends. Cut down when life is still just starting. I hope the surviving family takes some comfort in knowing the community mourns with you
Mike Johnson December 09, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Lucia was in my neighborhood many times a week. She was a nanny for friends of mine. She was fantastic with their kids. She had a bright future ahead of her. Just a really, really nice person... This is all so very sad...
sallyg_rather December 09, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Luis Silva Olivar is the son of my dear neighbors, Zenith and Jose Silva. They have been my family friends since Luis was 10 years old. He grew up into a good young man and he will be missed by many. Jose, who works at the Mission, and the Silva family have been receiving countless family and friends at their home and it is heartwarming to read the comments of love and support here for all the families affected by this tragedy.
Leo Munguia December 14, 2013 at 11:15 PM
My prayers go out to everyone who lost someone, I was at El Adobe Plaza a month ago looking for a place to cut my hair, that's where I met Luis, Luis was an excellent Barber and a great guy to talk too. I only knew him for half an hour but in that half an hour I could tell he was a great guy who loved the city he grew up in.

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