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Irvine man killed in crash in front of Costa Mesa hotel

May 18, 2013|By Bryce Alderton

An Irvine man died and a woman suffered head trauma and fractured ribs after the car they were traveling in crashed into a tree in front of a Costa Mesa hotel Friday night, Costa Mesa police said.

The driver was 33-year-old Tyler Cohee, according to the Orange County coroner's website.

The passenger, a 21-year-old Irvine woman, is in critical condition at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, a Costa Mesa police press release said.

The collision occurred at 9:03 p.m. in front of the Ayres Hotel & Suites, 325 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

Cohee was driving a gray 2009 BMW M6 coupe south on Bristol Street near Santa Ana Avenue at a high rate of speed, according to police.

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Witnesses reported Cohee lost control of the BMW, which spun out and crashed into a large tree in front of the hotel, authorities said.

Cohee died at the scene from injuries caused by the car's impact with the tree, police said.

Costa Mesa firefighters removed the woman from the car and transported her to the hospital.

Cohee and the woman were wearing seatbelts and both front airbags deployed during the collision, police said, adding that the collision is under investigation.

Anyone with additional information may call Traffic Officer Darren Wood at (714) 754-5264.

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