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Man suspected of DUI during rainstorm crashes car, killing passenger

A Santa Ana man suspected of driving while under the influence during a rainstorm Tuesday smashed into a light pole in Irvine, killing one of the vehicle’s passengers, police said.

Tapu Aniceto Sitagata, 27, was arrested about a half-block away from Culver and Irvine Center drives about 3:07 a.m. on suspicion of felony DUI and hit-and-run.

Police said he was running away from the scene of the crash, which also injured a second passenger.

Sitagata suffered minor injuries and was being treated at a local hospital.

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