Stephen Taylor Scarpa, 25, is accused of driving under the influence of drugs and colliding with 44-year-old Capt. Mike Kreza, the Orange County District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Department said in a joint statement.
Scarpa, a Mission Viejo resident, faces 15 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, the news release said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana.
Kreza, an 18-year veteran of Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue, was hospitalized for two days after being hit by Scarpa's van Saturday morning on Alicia Parkway near Via Burgos, authorities said. He died Monday morning, survived by his wife and three young daughters.
Our brother, Mike Kreza passed away early this morning. Words alone cannot describe the immeasurable heartache felt by his friends & family, including his fire family.— Costa Mesa FD (@CMFD_PIO) November 5, 2018
No further information will be provided at this time.
RIP brother Mike, we love you! pic.twitter.com/g7IXcRDu48