Fatal Orange Car Accident Glassell Street and Taft Avenue; 3 Killed

3 Killed, 4 Injured in Fiery Crash at Glassell Street and Taft Ave

 Fatal Orange Car Accident Glassell Street and Taft Avenue; 3 KilledORANGE, Calif. (July 11, 2022) — A fatal car accident in Orange left three people dead and four injured early Saturday morning at Glassell Street and Taft Avenue.

The solo-vehicle crash occurred about 2:45 a.m. on July 9th, according to the Orange Police Department and the Orange County Register.

Azarie Fuller, 19, of Exeter, was driving the 2005 Nissan Altima occupied by seven people. The teenager was among four injured in the crash. Meanwhile, three of the occupants including a teenage boy, a teenage girl and Gustavo Castro, 26, of Garden Grove, died at the scene.

The Nissan was reportedly traveling southbound on Glassell Street when it allegedly sped past police officers who were conducting a traffic stop at Lincoln Avenue, according to the Orange Police Department. The police officers went after the vehicle, but when they instead found the vehicle had crashed, overturned and engulfed in flames at Taft Avenue.  Al seven people were thrown from the vehicle. The car reportedly struck a railroad crossing and traffic signal lights during the collision, police said.

Four Hospitalized After Crash on Glassell Street

Paramedics rushed to the scene, but sadly only four of the seven people from the vehicle survived the crash. They rushed the driver and two juveniles with major injuries to a trauma center. Also, they took an adult passenger with moderate injuries to a hospital.

Investigators with the Orange Police Department’s Major Accident team are piecing together what happened. They will determine whether drugs and or alcohol were factors in the collision.

“Witness statements along with evidence at the scene, which included a suspected Nitrous Oxide tank and balloons, indicate alcohol and drugs were likely a factor in addition to speeding,” the Orange Police Department said in a press release.

Additionally, authorities believe some of the occupants from the vehicle did not have seatbelts on. The vehicle had seatbelts for five, but there were seven people in it.

Witnesses may contact the Orange Police Department’s Motor Officer Bryce Nielsen at 714-744-7444.

Johnson Attorneys Group does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Furthermore, Johnson Attorneys Group has no intention to represent any of the parties discussed. We hope this information is timely and helpful. However, if you would like to contribute any information or have legal questions, please contact us as soon as possible. Our law firm is a proud, longtime supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

James Johnson

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