29-year-old Erik Valencia is dead following a fatal crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
Valencia was the passenger in a Honda sedan that was headed north when it hit a car in the same direction around 1:30pm on Sunday. The Honda drive then possibly overcorrected and veered in to the southbound lanes where he hit other vehicles, including a truck.
The driver of the Honda survived and was taken to Mission Hospital. Four other people were also hurt and suffered a range of injuries from minor to severe.
A criminal investigation is being opened to determine whether drugs, alcohol or speed played a part in the collision.