The Santa Ana Police Department Sunday said the scene of a fiery traffic crash that killed a 75-year-old woman and injured five others has been re-examined and it has now been determined that the crash actually occurred in the city of Tustin.
“Tustin PD has taken over this investigation,” according to a Santa Ana Police Department news statement released Sunday.
A red GMC pickup truck rear-ended a black Chevrolet Cruze that had stopped for a red light at the intersection of Red Hill Avenue and Dyer Road on Friday, the Santa Ana Police Department reported.
The pickup truck was headed south on Red Hill Avenue when it struck the compact car. The truck pushed the Chevy across the entire intersection, before it came to a rest and burst into flames, police said.
Police were called out to the crash scene a little after 9:40 p.m. Friday, where an Irvine police officer who was in the immediate area — along with some good Samaritans — were able to remove four occupants inside the Chevrolet Cruze, before it burst into flames.
A woman in the back seat of the car, identified as Deodula Omandum of Visalia, was pinned as a result of the crash died in the fire, police said.
The other four occupants, two adults and two children, were taken to area hospitals with moderate to major injuries.
The driver of the red pickup truck, a 26-year-old man from San Jose, remained at the crash scene and was “semi-cooperative” with the investigation,” police said, adding that “alcohol or drugs may have played a part in this collision.”
The driver of the pickup truck remains hospitalized and not in custody, pending further investigation, police said. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known. Police did not release his name.
Anyone with any information regarding the crash can call the Tustin Police Department’s Traffic Division at (714) 573-3218.