Driver of Stolen Vehicle Arrested After Passenger in Another Car Dies in Fullerton Crash: Police  

The driver of a stolen vehicle was arrested after a passenger in another car was killed in a crash in Fullerton Monday morning, police said.

The driver of a stolen vehicle (left) was arrested after a passenger was killed in a Fullerton crash on April 1, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

The driver of a stolen vehicle (left) was arrested after a passenger was killed in a Fullerton crash on April 1, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

The crash was reported about 9:50 a.m. near the intersection of Euclid Street and Valencia Drive, Fullerton Police Lt. Jon Radus said.

Police believe a Toyota Highlander broadsided the other vehicle, a Honda Accord, causing it to careen and crash into a pylon near Charlie's Best restaurant at the intersection. The Highlander ended up on Valencia Drive before the intersection, aerial video showed. Both vehicles sustained major damage.

The passenger of the Accord, described only as male, died at the scene and the driver, a woman, was taken to a local trauma center with significant injuries but non life-threatening injuries, Radus said.

The driver of the Highlander was arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution, the lieutenant said. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Long Beach.

He was eventually identified as Randy Lamar Wilkins, 39, of Long Beach. He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, driving a stolen vehicle, driving on a suspended license and bringing a controlled substance into a custody facility.

Randy Lamar Wilkins is shown in a photo released by the Fullerton Police Department on April 1, 2019.

Randy Lamar Wilkins is shown in a photo released by the Fullerton Police Department on April 1, 2019.

Before the crash, police received calls about the driver of the Highlander driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed. At one point he was also seen acting erratically, Radus said.

"He was jumping on the car and I think trying to open the car," witness Maggie Montelongo said of the driver. "The guy didn't even know where he was. They immediately arrested him."

Video taken at the scene showed Wilkins handcuffed and sitting on the sidewalk being evaluated by paramedics and interviewed by police.

The intersection was closed for hours during the investigation and was reopened about 4:10 p.m, authorities said in an updated tweet.

An online fundraiser to benefit the victim's family has been established online at gofundme.com/for-bryan-kirst-wife-erika-and-their-kids.

KTLA's Matt Phillips contributed to this story. 

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