Sergio Marroquin Jr. Killed; Driver Faces Manslaughter Charges
COSTA MESA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2020) – Sergio Marroquin Jr. 23, has been identified as the passenger killed in a crash early Thursday at Sunflower and Hyland avenues in Costa Mesa.
The driver of the pickup truck he was riding in, Mynor Augusto Esquivelvalle, 22, of Los Angeles, is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and a sentencing enhancement allegation of inflicting great bodily injury. The driver and passenger, who are both cousins, were riding together with a second passenger when the vehicle overturned at the Costa Mesa intersection.
The suspect was reportedly doing doughnuts in the street. The driver was among roughly 100 motorists in the area taking part in a street takeover at the Costa Mesa intersection, police said.
The Costa Mesa Police Department reported all three people in the car were hurt, but Marroquin died of his injuries. The second passenger was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.
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Investigators say there were skid marks on the street consistent with a vehicle doing doughnuts. They suspect that is what caused the pickup truck to overturn.
After the crash, Esquivelvalle stopped and cooperated with the police investigation. Furthermore, police do not suspect alcohol was a fact in the crash. Meanwhile, four spectators were arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting the crime.
Police say the street takeover involved more than 100 vehicles, many of them came to Costa Mesa from a similar event in Anaheim where a woman had been struck and injured the same night.
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