Van Slams Into Westminster Home After Being Hit by Alleged Drunk Driver; 3 Taken to Hospital

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Three people were taken to a hospital Thursday night after the van in which they were riding was struck by a suspected DUI driver and careened into a house in Westminster, authorities said.


A driver and two passengers were inside a van when it was struck by a suspected drunk driver and slammed into a house in Westminster on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, police said. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

The driver of the van was stopped at an intersection in the 6500 block of Trask Avenue shortly after 8:30 p.m. and was waiting to make a turn when the collision occurred, said Cpl. Phoung Pham of the Westminster Police Department.

Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded to the scene and transported the van’s driver and two passengers to a hospital, Pham said. Their conditions were not immediately known.

It was unclear if the driver of the other vehicle, a man in a black four-door Ford pickup truck, was injured. He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of DUI, Pham said.

News footage showed a man being placed in the back of a patrol vehicle after officers conducted a field sobriety test.

Julia Gold said she was doing laundry inside the home’s garage just before the van slammed into it.

“I was about three steps out of the garage when it hit,” she said. “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a two vehicles. I thought it was a van with a trailer.”

Her voice cracked with emotion as she recounted the harrowing crash.

“I didn’t know if anybody was killed,” she said, “so I went in the house and called 911.”