Three Women Killed In Santa Ana Freeway Crash
Posted on Aug 09, 2011
Sara Flores, Angela Cid-Del Prado, and Elda Nava-Mayo, were on their way home from church when the SUV they were riding in was involved in a fiery Orange County car crash.
The Buena Park traffic accident occurred at about 10:15 a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2011 northbound Santa Ana Freeway near Beach Boulevard. Sara Flores, 40, Angela Cid-Del Prado, 49, and Elda Nava-Mayo, 24, were passengers in a 2000 Ford Excursion SUV. Thirty-two-year-old Ruth Nava-Torres of Downey was driving. A 16-year-old girl was also in the car. The five women were headed home from a Crystal Cathedral church service.
As the vehicle was leaving Interstate 5, Ruth Nava-Torres lost control on the sharply curving off-ramp. The SUV hit a guardrail and flipped. The vehicle rolled 40 feet until it stopped in a grassy area. Sara Flores, Angela Cid-Del Prado, and Elda Nava-Mayo were flung from the SUV. The vehicle burst into flames. Bystanders rescued the driver and the 16-year-old girl from the fiery wreck.
The driver and the 16-year-old girl were injured and taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in critical condition. The other women died at the scene.
Only the driver was wearing a seat belt. The 2000 Ford Excursion has an alarm that won't turn off unless the driver is buckled in.