New Year's holiday traffic accidents claimed the lives of five people, including two pedestrians, in Los Angeles and Orange counties as police made hundreds of arrests in a crackdown on drunk driving, officials said Saturday.
The California Highway Patrol reported 20 people had been killed throughout the state in traffic accidents from 6 p.m. New Year's Eve until 6 a.m. Saturday, down considerably from last year's toll.
During the same period last year, the CHP tallied 27 fatalities statewide, said Officer Kevin Dougherty.
Two of the holiday fatalities involved pedestrians, one who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Another death occurred after a police chase in South Los Angeles that ended in a three-car crash.
George Ahlvers, 69, of Orange, died Saturday morning after he was hit by a car while crossing Katella Avenue in the city of Orange, police said. The driver of the car, a 35-year-old Anaheim woman, was not arrested or cited pending further investigation.