IRVINE (CBSLA) – A Santa Ana man, 20-year-old Nicholas Beamon, was identified by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner’s office as the victim of a fatal traffic collision Sunday, in the early morning hours.

The Irvine Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority responded to reports of a vehicle crash at around 12:50 the intersection of Encore and Medallion. When first responders arrived on the scene, they found a black, four-door Volkswagen Jetta sedan on fire. The vehicle appeared to have collided with a tree.

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Officers were able to pull the driver and the single occupant out of the vehicle and begin life saving measures until OCFA arrived on the scene and took over.

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Beamon, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The cause of the collision is under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Roberto Solis at 949-724-7024 or email at