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‘Like a Train Hit Us:’ Violent Crash Through Wall of Whittier Home Results in DUI Arrest

A hole was left in the side of a Whittier home after a violent collision sent debris, and a tire, crashing into it Friday morning which resulted in a DUI arrest.

An overturned car is seen following a crash in Whittier on May 4, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

An overturned car is seen following a crash in Whittier on May 4, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

The incident was reported at 1:25 a.m. near the intersection of Fireside Drive and Lambert Road, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Aaron Flores, 21, was arrested in connection with driving under the influence after his gray Ford Focus travelled eastbound on Lambert west of Fireside and for unclear reasons veered right, the CHP said in their statement.

Authorities said the overturned car Flores was in came to a stop after crashing into a power pole, a signal light and finally a brick wall.

CHP Officer Jeremy Tolen said he was released to the UC Irvine Medical Center with moderate injuries with lacerations to his head, arm and legs.

Debris from the wreckage crashed into the wall of a nearby home, leaving a large hole in the wall and a tire in one of the bedrooms.

Resident Richard Flores said the crash sounded like a train hit the home.

A tire ended up inside a Whittier home following a crash on May 4, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

A tire ended up inside a Whittier home following a crash on May 4, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

“The engine is in our back yard. The car is on the other side,” Flores said.

Flores’ three nieces and their mother suffered some scrapes from the debris but could have been killed, he said.

“Here I am in shock. Can’t believe this is going on,” Flores said.

Video from the scene showed the driver of the overturned vehicle being loaded into an ambulance. He was seated upright on the stretcher and appeared to be OK.

“I don’t believe how this guy’s still alive” Flores said.

This was the fifth crash at the intersection since Flores has lived in the home, he said, adding that people are often racing through the area.

Flores said he would like to see something done to slow traffic through the area.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call CHP Officer Talavera at the Santa Fe Springs area office at 562-868-0503.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.