One person was killed and another hospitalized in a suspected DUI collision early Tuesday morning in Westminster.
According to the Westminster Police Department, the crash took place at approximately 1:10 a.m. in the intersection of Brookhurst Street and McFadden Avenue, where a red Honda Civic sedan and a white pickup truck collided. As there were no witnesses to the crash, it is unclear how the two vehicles were violently introduced to one another. Surveillance cameras installed in the intersection were also unable to record the event.
The crash trapped the sedan driver inside his car for more than 20 minutes before rescue personnel were able to free him from the vehicle. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital, but pronounced dead a short time later as a result of his injuries. The man’s name has not yet been released, though police have described him as a man in his 20s, possibly Asian or Hispanic. Family members later revealed that the man was a father and a former US Marine.
The driver of the pickup truck was meanwhile taken to another area hospital, where his condition is unknown. Police are now investigating if the man may have been under the influence at the time of the crash. “Officers found the driver of the truck and he had smelled of alcohol,” said Westminster Police Corporal Eddie Esqueda. “At this time the DUI portion is under investigation.”
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