UPDATE: Jack Varganagl arrested after two killed in fiery Irvine DUI crash

Posted: July 20, 2022

Update July 28, 2022: The Orange County Coroner’s office has confirmed to Accident News Now that the victims in this tragic accident are Kamiar Ashraf and Roxanne Ashraf. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to their families during this difficult time.

IRVINE, CA (July 18, 2022) – Jack Varganagl, 20, of Irvine, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after crashing into another vehicle, killing both of its occupants.

Police and firefighters were called about 8 p.m. Sunday to Meadow Valley and Spring Valley regarding a crash between a Mini Cooper and Volkswagen
Golf, police said.

Kamiar Ashraf and Roxanne Ashraf, of Irvine, were found dead in the Mini Cooper, which burst into flames following the collision, and Jack Varganagl, who was behind the wheel of the Golf, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, police said. Varganagl was injured in the crash and taken to an area hospital to be treated, police said.

Jack Varganagl's crashed Mini Cooper in Irvine, CA where he killed two people and their dog.

Jack Varganagl’s crashed Mini Cooper burned on the street in Irvine.

The names of the victims were not immediately released as authorities were working to confirm their identities. [Editor’s note: The victim’s names were released to Accident News Now by the coroner’s office on July 28.]

The cause of the crash was under investigation, but police said speed and drugs appear to have factored into it.

Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call Detective Roberto Solis at rsolis@cityofirvine.org or call 949-724-7024.

Update July 19, 2022: A YouTuber posted what purportedly is footage of the accident scene, showing the officers performing aid on a body lying on the ground and a flaming car in the background in a suburban neighborhood. We must warn you that the footage is graphic. The video can be viewed here.

Update July 20, 2022: The graphic video was taken down from YouTube, and instead we have video footage here of different angles of the scene of this tragic accident.

We have also learned that in addition to the driver and passenger of the Mini Cooper being killed, a dog inside the vehicle was also killed. Once again, we urge anyone with additional information or details regarding this case to reach out to the Irvine Police Department.

Liability In Irvine DUI Car Accidents

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Even small amounts of alcohol can substantially impair drivers in the following ways:

  • Delayed reaction times
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Impaired judgment
  • Lowered alertness

The family of any victim that has been injured or killed in a collision with a drunk driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury or wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating Kamiar Ashraf and Roxanne Ashraf’s Car Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the families of Kamiar and Roxanne Ashraf. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a car accident that took place in Irvine? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.

 

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