Garden Grove

Three Killed in Crash That Sent Truck Into Garden Grove Pool

The Dodge RAM landed upside-down and partially submerged in a pool after the early morning two-vehicle collision.

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Three people were killed early Friday morning in a collision that sent a truck crashing through a block wall and into a Garden Grove pool.

Sal Fernandez, 34, and Joseph Mendoza, 28, were killed inside the pickup truck, according to Supervising Deputy Orange County Coroner T. Martinez.

Michael Clugston, 39, of Anaheim died at UC Irvine Medical Center after the pickup crashed into his vehicle and caused it to roll over into a wall.

The crash was reported shortly after 2 a.m. near the intersection of Euclid Street and Orangewood Avenue, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. Earlier, a police officer saw a driver in a Dodge RAM truck traveling at high speed in a parking lot before speeding onto the street.

The officer, with patrol vehicle lights and sirens activated, followed the truck, which struck a car at Euclid Street and Orangewood Avenue.

Images from the scene show a white truck overturned and partially submerged inside a residential pool near a heavily damaged block wall.

A second car ended up on its side farther down the street. A sheared fire hydrant can also be seen feet away from the overturned car.

The truck driver died at the scene. The driver of the car died at a hospital.

About 11:30 a.m., when the pickup truck was fished out of the swimming pool, authorities found the body of a male passenger inside, police said.


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