Rollover Crash Leaves One Injured, One in a Coma

A serious rollover car crash occurred in Mission Viejo on January 31, 2011. The Orange County crash happened around 11:35 a.m., when the driver of a Porsche was heading westbound on El Toro Road at a high rate of speed – over 100 mph, according to police.

Authorities said that the driver was passing under the 241 Toll Road, near the Upper Oso Reservoir, when he struck a curb that sent his vehicle into the air. The Porsche clipped a light pole and landed upside down on its roof. Raymond Carter, the 29-year-old driver, and Brandon Whitaker, his 32-year-old passenger, were trapped inside the car.

Orange County fire and rescue crews had to use extrication tools to cut through the wreckage and free both men. They were taken to Mission Hospital for medical treatment. The driver is listed in critical condition, as he is in a coma with serious injuries. The passenger sustained injuries as well, but is listed in stable condition at this time.

Mission Viejo police said that the driver was speeding down El Toro at nearly 119 mph when he flipped the Porsche. They said that Whitaker told emergency responders that he drank alcohol before the crash.

Toxicology tests results are not back at this time, and no charges have been filed.

The westbound lanes of El Toro were closed for several hours, reopening around 5 p.m.

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