A 22-year-old Anaheim man remained behind bars Monday on suspicion of a drug-fueled collision in downtown Fullerton that left 10 people with injuries ranging from moderate to critical.
Christopher Jose Solis was behind the wheel of a Toyota Tacoma that veered onto a sidewalk in the 100 block of West Santa Fe Avenue just before 1:50 a.m. Sunday, ramming three vehicles before striking nine pedestrians and slamming into a tree, said Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus.
Dozens of people were on the street at the time, in and around restaurants and bars that were about to close for the night, he said. Multiple victims were trapped under the truck when it came to a stop, according to Radus, who said several bystanders helped first responders lift the smoking and badly damaged vehicle to free them.
Two of the most seriously injured victims, as well as several others, remained hospitalized on Monday, Radus said. They are all expected to survive, he said, adding that they range in age from 18 to 49. A passenger in the Tacoma was also injured, according to police, who said Solis wasn’t hurt.
Solis was allegedly under the influence of an unspecified drug at the time of the crash, according to Radus. He said police are continuing to gather evidence to present to prosecutors by Wednesday, the deadline for filing charges against Solis if he has not posted $100,000 bail by then.
Anyone with information, including video footage, is encouraged to contact the Fullerton Police Traffic Bureau at (714) 738-5313 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS. Tips can also be submitted at www.p3tips.com/913.