23-year-old man arrested in 8-vehicle collision in Garden Grove

OCRegister 11 months ago

GARDEN GROVE – A 23-year-old man was arrested in Garden Grove on Saturday, Nov. 11, after he may have intentionally caused a crash on Friday night involving eight vehicles and then feeing the scene, police said.

One person was injured. A-34-year-old woman driver was transported to UCI and was being treated for facial injuries and a broken collarbone.

Police later Friday night obtained statements at the home of the suspect’s family “indicating that the suspect had intentionally rammed the victim’s vehicles, before fleeing the scene,” Garden Grove Police Sgt. Charles Loffler said in a news release.

The collision happened shortly before 9:55 p.m. Friday at Lampson Avenue near Harbor Boulevard. In addition to the suspect’s vehicle, it involved five occupied vehicles and two parked vehicles.

Witnesses said the five occupied vehicles were at a red light in the westbound lanes of Lampson Avenue east of Harbor Boulevard.

The suspect’s vehicle approached the intersection from the east, traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided into vehicles waiting at the light, causing a chain reaction collision, according to Lt. Carl Whitney. The suspect’s vehicle then crashed into the parked vehicles on Lampson.

Witnesses helped the suspect out of his vehicle, but he fled before police arrived, authorities say.

Several hours later, the Garden Grove Police Department received calls from the suspect’s family who live nearby, Loffler said. The suspect told family members he was involved in the collisions and fled, according to the news release.

The suspect, whose identity was not released, was booked into Orange County Jail.

Witnesses are asked to call the Garden Grove Crimes against Person Unit at (714) 741-5800.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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