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Cypress Police Department
Wednesday February 16th, 2022 :: 08:51 p.m. PST


Press Release - Fatal Traffic Collision

For immediate release:

Nature of Release:                Fatal Traffic Collision
Date/Time of Incident:           February 15, 2022 at 5:40 p.m.
Location of Incident:              Intersection of Crescent Avenue and Watson Street, Cypress
Case Number:                         22-00503

On February 15, 2022, at 5:40 p.m., the Cypress Police Department received several 911 calls reporting a traffic accident near Crescent Avenue and Watson Street. Within minutes, the first officers arrived on the scene and discovered the traffic collision involving four vehicles, with one car fully engulfed in flames after colliding into an electrical pole. The Orange County Fire Authority paramedics arrived soon after, extinguished the fire, and located a deceased adult male inside the vehicle.
The Serious Traffic Accident Response (STAR) team is handling this investigation, and it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the collision should contact Cypress Police Department Traffic Officer Dowdell at (714) 229-6603. The driver's identity is not being released at this time.
Media inquiries should be directed to Lieutenant Scott Ausmus at (714) 229-6624 or via email at [email protected]. Press releases are distributed via  To register for Nixle, please visit  You can also follow the Cypress Police Department on Twitter under Cypress_PD_PIO.  It is the goal of the Cypress Police Department to provide prompt and accurate information to the public via the multitude of media outlets.  Information can be anonymously provided to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCSS (1-855-847-6227) or at

Cypress Police Department
5275 Orange Ave
Cypress, CA 90630

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Non-emergencies: 714-229-6600

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