Three people were killed in a crash that sent one of the vehicles through a wall and into a swimming pool in Garden Grove Friday morning.
The deadly collision occurred near the intersection of South Euclid Street and Orangewood Avenue about 2:15 a.m., the Garden Grove Police Department stated in a news release.
The victims include two people in a truck being pursued by police and an Anaheim man whose family says he was on his way to work.
Police first observed a Dodge Ram pickup truck driving at a high rate of speed through a parking lot near Chapman Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.
Officers with lights and sirens attempted to stop the truck, but it continued westbound on Chapman Avenue, the Police Department said.
The pickup truck eventually crashed into a second vehicle as the driver was going through the intersection at Euclid and Orangewood.
The pickup truck then sheared a hydrant and crashed through a wall before landing in a swimming pool.
The second vehicle overturned in the street, the Orange County Fire Authority stated in a tweet.
The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver in the second vehicle was taken to a local hospital, where he later died, the Police Department stated.
When police eventually removed the truck from the swimming pool, they discovered a male passenger was also deceased inside.
Renee Robinson, who lives at the home, said the crash sounded like an explosion.
“As soon as it happened a policeman jumped into the pool to try and open the [truck’s] door. He said that he was already deceased,” she told KTLA.
Authorities have not identified those killed in the pickup. But family members identified the other driver as 39-year-old Michael Clugston.
Clugston’s wife of nearly one year, Stefanie Clugston, said he was on his way to work when he was fatally struck. He didn’t normally work Fridays but was putting in overtime because Stefanie lost her job last week.
Stefanie arrived at the scene later Friday with Michael’s parents, and they erected a makeshift memorial at the site.
“I don’t know how to go on without him,” Stefanie said through tears. “You were my rock. I’m glad we got some time together, I just wish it would have been longer.”
The intersection of Euclid and Orangewood was closed for several hours as authorities investigated the crash.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help raise funds for Michael Clugston’s memorial.