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Young Man Helps Driver Who Crashed into an Apartment in Garden Grove

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Multiple people had to be evacuated from their apartment after a minivan crashed into the building in Garden Grove Thursday morning, according to authorities.


Six people were evacuated from an apartment in Garden Grove after a minivan crashed into it on April 10, 2014. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

Around 1 a.m. the driver of a minivan suffered a medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle, hitting a curb, fire hydrant and telephone pole before crashing into the Lamplighter Village Apartment in the 8900 block of Hewitt Place (map), Garden Grove Police Department Officer Nathan Morton said.

The minivan and building then became engulfed in flames, Morton said.

Jesus Dominguez, 22, was inside the building at the time and evacuated six people then assisted the driver, who appeared to be unconscious, Morton said.

“He actually took the driver out of the vehicle and started to perform some type of medical treatment on him,” Morton said. “During this time the vehicle started to become engulfed as well as the apartment so he really risked his life to save the driver.”

Officers arrived as Dominguez assisted the driver.

The driver, a 56-year-old Huntington Beach resident, may have suffered a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. He sustained no injuries from the crash, a Garden Grove Police Department press release stated.

Residents of one unit in the apartment building were permanently displaced after it was deemed uninhabitable by a building inspector, the release stated.

Residents of the other three units were allowed to return to their homes.

The Red Cross assisted evacuees and those unable to return to their home.

Many local residents did not have power following the crash and were not expected to for several hours, Morton said.

Video showed a tow truck removing the minivan around 4 a.m.