Fatal Crash in Rancho Santa Margarita, Driver Dead and Cruz Melendez Injured
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA (May 31, 2022) – A woman died and Cruz Melendez was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Rancho Santa Margarita on Tuesday evening, May 24.
The accident happened around 10:00 p.m. in the area of Antonio Parkway and Tijeras Creek Road. A woman’s vehicle slammed into a median and then hit the vehicle, driven by Melendez.
As a result, the woman suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. Her passenger and Melendez were seriously injured.
Melendez is a 17-year-old junior at Trabuco Hills High School. He suffered several broken bones, his loved ones said.
A number of different fundraisers are underway to help with his recovery, including a verified GoFundMe page where people can donate online.
An investigation into this crash is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
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