SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An emotional family of four is grateful to be alive Thursday night after being caught in the middle of a wild police pursuit in Santa Ana 24 hours ago.
Early Wednesday night, Juan Sosa, his wife, Patricia, and their two sons, Billy and Angel, left their friend’s apartment in Santa Ana with a bag of cornmeal. They were going to make tamales to celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Santiago.
Seconds after they got into their PT Cruiser, police said a 27-year-old man with a long criminal history who led officers on a high-speed chase slammed into the family’s vehicle.
“I just remember we (were hit) and then I don’t remember anything that happened,” said Angel.
“My kids were screaming, so I got out of the car, and at first, I pulled my little one, Billy, I gave him to some guy,” said Sosa.
Along with the rest of the family, Patricia was released from the hospital Thursday morning. Sosa said she’s in excruciating pain.
“She said she’s thanking God to give her more time to maybe do good things in life,” he said. “God gave us a second chance to live.”
“I’m happy that I’m with my family,” cried Billy.