The driver of a stolen black Toyota Highlander was believed to be driving at a high speed eastbound on Valencia when it struck a red Honda Accord, shunting it into Charlie’s Best Hamburger and killing its passenger.
The crash was reported at the intersection of Valencia and Euclid in Fullerton around 9:50 a.m., said Lt. Jon Radus of the Fullerton Police Department. The driver of the Honda was taken to the hospital for significant but non life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Honda was reported to be an adult female, and the passenger killed in the collision was an adult male.
The suspected driver of the Toyota has been identified as Randy Lamar Wilkins of Long Beach, and was arrested at the scene. He is charged with Felony DUI drugs, driving on a suspended license, driving a stolen vehicle, and bringing a controlled substance in custody facility.
Initial reports indicate Wilkins had exited the vehicle after the collision and began to act erratically. At the time of investigation, it is unknown what the rate of speed of the vehicles were or what the traffic conditions were at the time of the accident.
According to Fullerton Police, they had received earlier reports of a black Toyota Highlander driving erratically prior to the collision.
“He was definitely on drugs,” said Maggie Montelongo, who had just arrived to her office next to where the accident occurred, where she saw the driver of the black Toyota exit the vehicle and act erratically. “He was yelling at everyone to stay back and pacing back and forth,” she added.
Anaheim resident Angelica Romo was passing out flyers at the nearby DMV when she heard the crash. “It sounded bad, but I didn’t realize how bad until I walked over to look. I was shocked,” said Romo.
The streets at Euclid and Valencia were shut down for hours due to the investigation causing traffic to be diverted into side streets.
This currently still is an ongoing investigation, more information to come.