Suspected DUI Van Driver Crashes Into 2 15-Year-Olds Leaving Them Critical In Buena Park

BUENA PARK (CBS)  — Two 15-year-old boys are in critical condition Thursday evening after an out-of-control van slammed into them while they were walking on a Buena Park street earlier in the day.

One of the boys was reportedly pinned under the van for half hour.

The driver, Gilbert Armando Gonzales, 53, of Fountain Valley, was also taken to a hospital after the crash, which occurred about 3:45 p.m. on the southbound Beach Boulevard overpass of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway.

Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, said Buena Park police Sgt. Bill Kohanek.

Gonzales reportedly lost control of the 2003 Chevrolet Astro, which traveled about 50 yards along the sidewalk before slamming into the boys, Kohanek said.

Kohanek said firefighters had trouble raising the vehicle to free one of the boys. That victim was airlifted to a hospital. Both boys live in Buena Park, Kohanek said.

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  • swhitS

    Give him LIFE!

  • Bryan Conover

    Another upstanding hispanic bettering his community by driving drunk and running over children?…Call me a racist but $10,000 says he’s an illegal alien and never should have been in the country in the first place.

  • Maggie

    Bryan, you should really research your information before making your comments. Here is a list of drunk drivers that have made the headlines in the past: Wynona Judd, Mel Gibson, Keifer Sutherland, Geo. W. Bush and Joel Osmet just to name a few and get this–Male drivers, drivers in the 21-34 age group, and drivers who are of the “white” race constitute the largest percentage of drunk (or impaired) drivers in fatal crashes. Please don’t disparage someone because of their color. So many people have a problem with alcohol or other substances. Get involved sign up to be a volunteer designated driver take people to meetings. Get educated.

  • Ed Rooney

    Maggie, please let me know when one of your family members is run over by a Mexican drunk driver so I can laugh in your face. How about YOU get educated, sweetheart?

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