07.09.2022 | 2:48 AM | ORANGE – Three of seven people who were ejected from a fiery rollover crash died, early Saturday morning.
The deadly crash occurred when a speeding Nissan Altima occupied by seven people collided with a traffic signal pole and railroad crossing arm on North Glassell Street, north of East Taft Avenue, around 2:48 AM.
A police officer who observed the speeding Nissan shortly before the collision arrived on scene to find seven bodies littered around the overturned vehicle that had become engulfed in flames.
Firefighter paramedics rushed to the scene where they quickly extinguished the fire and began efforts to triage the numerous patients.
Three of the seven victims were beyond medical care and pronounced deceased at the scene. Among the deceased were two juveniles, one male and one female, and with 26-year-old Gustavo Castro, of Garden Grove.
Four other victims from the crash were rushed to area hospitals for treatment. Of the four, three victims were listed in critical condition.
The driver over of the vehicle, identified as 19-year-old Azarie Fuller, of Exeter, and two juveniles was among those hospitalized in critical condition.
Witnesses along with evidence, including a tank of nitrous oxide (NOS) along with balloons used to inhale the noxious gas were found at the scene leading authorities to suspect impairment, along with speed, and alcohol as factors in the collision.
All vehicle and rail traffic in the area was expected to remain closed until about 10:30 AM.
Anyone with information regarding the deadly crash is urged to contact Motor Officer Bryce Nielsen at (714) 744-7444.