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Wrong-Way Driver on 405 Freeway in Irvine Killed


A wrong way driver on the 405 Freeway in Irvine was killed and injured four people on Tuesday.

The accident happened just before 1:20 a.m. The wrong-way driver, 54-year-old Rieko Toyama of Gardena, was southbound on the 405 Freeway in the northbound carpool lane, near Harvard Ave. According to the California Highway Patrol, Toyama, who was driving a 2010 Nissan, slammed head-on into a 2014 BMW. The crash caused the Nissan to flip.

The wrong way driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The BMW was driven by 29-year-old Westminster resident Hassan Kadri. He had one passenger: 29-year-old Fountain Valley resident Sabine Teodorescu. Both were transported to UCI Medical Center with major injuries.

Subsequent to the initial crash, a 2008 Mercedes-Benz crashed into the overturned Nissan. The occupants of the Mercedes, 70-year-old couple Isabelo and Zoima Millanar of Westminster, were transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana.

Authorities are still investigating whether alcohol or drugs played a part in the accident.

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