3 youngsters die in fiery crash as 'impaired' driver hits guard rail in high-speed chase with police
The crash happened on Saturday, July 9, when a car with seven people inside crashed down the street and was engulfed in flames
Families and community members gathered together to grieve the loss of three youngsters who lost their lives in a high-speed crash in Orange, California. The crash happened on Saturday, July 9, when a car with seven people inside flew down the street.
As per reports, officers gave chase, but the 2005 Nissan Altima hit guardrails and signal lights at a railroad crossing, flipped over, and was engulfed in flames. Three of the passengers died in the crash, while four were seriously injured. According to the police, none of the seven occupants were wearing seatbelts.
Police found nitrous oxide and balloons at the scene and believe Azarie Fuller, the 19-year-old driver from Exeter in Tulare County, was impaired behind the wheel, reports ABC 7. "When people put nitrous oxide in a balloon, it creates a temporary high and it can cause impairment. In this instance, we believe it might have been used or contributed to the collision," said Sgt Phil McMullin of the Orange police department.
Families gathered together on the sidewalk near the crash site to light candles and mourn the loss of the young lives. Amber McGinley, who lost her 17-year-old son Dominic in the crash, told ABC 7, "Just wanted to make people happy, as a loving, caring kid that wouldn't hurt a fly. He was that amazing. Always looking at the brighter side. I just want them to see him for the good person he was."
VIOLENT, FATAL ORANGE CRASH: Family members are grieving after that devastating crash involving seven people. Three people died including a 14-year-old girl. A mother I spoke to today says her son also died in the collision. They’ve started a GoFundMe: https://t.co/gQ4r75i1I9 pic.twitter.com/PFls298alo— Irene Cruz (@ABC7Irene) July 11, 2022
Dominic's sister, Madison, is heartbroken that she never got the chance to share the news of her pregnancy with him. "I'm scared one day I'll lose the sound of his voice. I'm trying to get through this. Trying to cope, help my mom. It's just tough times. He was the one who was there most of the time. I grew up back-to-back with him. It was just me or him til the end, you know?" she said as she grieved for her brother.
Dominic's family has started a GoFundMe page to help with the funeral expenses. Amber writes, "We are asking the community to come together to help us give Dominic a proper burial. A little bit about Dominic is that he was a good loving friend, brother, nephew, and even better son. He loved people from all walks of life. It seemed as if he would always gravitate towards the less fortunate."
NOW: Car crash in Orange kills at least 3 people. Another 4 taken to hospital. Difficult to see, but on the left is a Nissan Altima after the car caught fire. It holds 5 passengers, but 7 were in it. Police say car was speeding—100 mph in a 35-40 mph zone. @CBSLA @KCBSKCALDesk pic.twitter.com/TfqrWLoswR— Tena Ezzeddine (@TenaCBSLA) July 9, 2022
"If he knew someone needed something and he had it he would give it and if he didn't have it he'd find a way to help them. If he knew someone was hurting he always had the right words to say to lift them up. He was a kid who cared about people. He just had one of the biggest, loving hearts. And it brought him joy to be of service to people. It definitely hasn't been easy to take all this in for me, his sister, and his family and friends but we will get threw this together," the message concludes.
The other two who died in the crash were a 14-year-old unidentified girl and 26-year-old Gustavo Castro from Garden Grove. Paramedics rushed four people, including the driver, to the hospital. Three suffered critical injuries, two of which were juveniles, and one had moderate injuries, according to ABC 7.