On May 10, 2015, it was just another Mother’s Day in Buena Park when
a split second changed a family’s life forever. It all happened
just steps away from an El Torito restaurant located at Orangethorp Ave.
and Valley View Street.
On Sunday afternoon just before 12:15 p.m., an elderly man was killed and
his wife and daughter were injured after a pickup truck broadsided his
vehicle, which led to a
DUI investigation, according to the
Orange County Register.
The truck was travelling eastbound on Orangthorp Avenue when it T-boned
the sedan as it was exiting the parking lot of an El Torito restaurant.
The impact of the crash killed the elderly driver, and injured his wife
and daughter, who were both transported to Western Medical Center’s
trauma unit in Santa Ana.
The driver of the pickup was transported to Long Beach Memorial’s
trauma center; he was later taken into police custody, and is suspected
of DUI. A police investigation is underway.
Buena Park Police Lt. Rich Forsyth said that the car that was struck was
destroyed. He said that it was a horrific crash. When Orange County Fire
Authority paramedics responded to the scene, they had to use Jaws of Life-type
rescue tools to free at least one of the passengers from the family’s sedan.
Less than 30 minutes after the crash, all parties involved in the accident
were on their way to a trauma center via an ambulance, said OCFA. So far,
the police have not provided information regarding the names or ages of
those involved in the accident, or whether the elderly man died at the
scene, or on his way to the hospital.
One of the ambulances that were responding to the accident were involved
in a collision at a nearby intersection. La Palma Police is in charge
of investigating that crash, however, they have not provided any further
information about the ambulance accident.
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