Driver Approaching Stop Light Causes 9-Car Pile-Up In Garden Grove

ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — A 23-year-old man was arrested in Garden Grove Saturday after he allegedly caused an eight-vehicle crash Friday night and fled the scene, police said. One person was injured.

Garden Grove police and firefighters responded to a traffic collision at 9:55 p.m. Friday at Lampson Avenue, east of Harbor Boulevard, involving five occupied vehicles, two parked vehicles, and the suspect’s vehicle.

Witnesses told police the five occupied vehicles were stopped at a red light in the westbound lanes of Lampson Avenue, east of Harbor Boulevard.

The suspect’s vehicle approached the intersection from the east, traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided into the waiting vehicles, causing a chain reaction collision, according to Lt. Carl Whitney. The suspect’s vehicle came to a stop when it collided into several parked vehicles on the north curb of Lampson.

Witnesses helped the suspect out of his vehicle before he fled as police arrived.

A 34-year-old female driver was transported to a hospital and will be treated for facial injuries and a broken collarbone, but she is in stable condition, police said.

Several hours later, the Garden Grove Police Department received calls from the suspect’s family who live nearby, according to Whitney. The suspect fled to the residence and told family members he had been involved in the collision and had run away.

Police responded to the residence and obtained statements that indicated the suspect intentionally rammed the victim’s vehicles.

The suspect was not exhibiting signs and symptoms of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to police.

He was booked into Orange County Jail. His name was not released, but he is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 115 pounds.

Witnesses are asked to call the Garden Grove Crimes against Person Unit at (714) 741-5800.

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