Driver Arrested in Suspected DUI Collision on 5 Freeway That Killed Teen Passenger
Anaheim, CA (July 30, 2020)– On Tuesday, a suspected DUI collision on the 5 Freeway killed a teenage boy and left the driver hospitalized.
California Highway Patrol said the crash took place on July 28 on the 5 Freeway between Brookhurst and Euclid Streets.
According to the report, at about 7:40 p.m., a black Chevrolet heading south drove off the right shoulder of the road. It then struck a guardrail before it crashed into a pole.
Responders arrived at the scene and found a car with a severely injured passenger side and two people inside.
Emergency crews took the driver, a 25-year-old Long Beach man, to UCI Medical Center. Investigators said the driver was showing signs of impairment and police later arrested him for suspicion of driving under the influence.
His identity has not been released.
Meanwhile, the extent of the crash trapped a 14-year-old Anaheim male passenger in the wreckage, CHP officials said.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Sandifer said the boy was extremely entangled.
Firefighters Rescued Trapped Passenger
One of the firefighters had to go over the hood of the damaged vehicle to treat the boy while the crews attempted to free him. Rescuers used pneumatic rescue tools and worked for about 25 minutes before he was freed.
Moreover, Sandifer said the extrication was a complicated process. The boy was finally removed from the wreck; however, he was pronounced dead.
His identity was not released as of Tuesday evening.
Furthermore, there have been no updates regarding the current condition of the driver hospitalized.
Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the teen who died in the crash.
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