Witnesses to 3-car crash in Fullerton sought; suspected DUI driver in critical condition


A three-car smashup early Saturday morning in Fullerton is believed to have been caused by an intoxicated 21-year-old driver who is in critical condition, the Fullerton PD said in a news release.

Three other people involved in the collision have minor injuries.

The FPD is seeking witnesses as the investigation into the 2:01 a.m. collision at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Gilbert Street continues.

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FPD photo

In the news release, the FPD said a white 1999 Honda Accord collided with a grey 2012 Toyota Camry and a black 2013 Dodge Challenger at the intersection.

The male driver of the Honda Accord was immediately transported to a local hospital with major injuries and currently is in critical condition.

The 34-year-old driver of the Toyota Camry and his 40-year-old male passenger were transported to local hospitals with minor back injuries.

The 44-year-old female driver of the Dodge Challenger and her 24-year-old female passenger were transported to local hospitals for minor injuries as well.

FPD photo

FPD photo

A preliminary investigation shows that the Honda Accord was travelling westbound on Commonwealth at a high rate of speed when it collided with both the Dodge Challenger and Toyota Camry, which were both stopped for a red light at westbound Commonwealth at Gilbert.

It appears the Honda Accord rear-ended both the Toyota Camry and the Dodge Charger.

The driver of the Honda Accord appeared to have been driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, the news release said.

The intersection of Commonwealth and Gilbert will be closed until around noon Saturday, Oct. 22. A Sig-Alert has been issued for motorists to stay out of the area.

The FPD is seeking the public’s help in locating witnesses to the collision.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Hazel Rios with the Fullerton Police Traffic Bureau at 714-738-6812. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1(855) TIP-OCCS or can visit their website at occrimestoppers.org