Driver Killed in Head-On Collision in Fullerton

Driver Killed in Head-On Collision in Fullerton
Police tape in Newport Beach, Calif., on Oct. 26, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)
City News Service

FULLERTON, Calif.—A 28-year-old Fullerton man was fatally injured when the speeding Honda Civic he was driving swerved to avoid hitting another car and slammed head-on into a Nissan Pathfinder, police said on Sept. 16.

The accident took place at about 9 p.m. on Sept. 15 near Richman Avenue and Orangethorpe Avenue, according to the Fullerton Police Department.

Arriving officers found that a white 2006 Honda Civic and a grey 2016 Nissan Pathfinder had been involved in the collision, and both had significant front-end damage.

Police said the initial investigation indicates that the Civic was traveling east on Orangethorpe approaching Richman "at a high rate of speed" when it served into oncoming traffic, apparently to avoid rear-ending another eastbound vehicle traveling in front of it at a slower speed.

After swerving into oncoming westbound traffic, the Civic struck the Pathfinder, police said.

The Honda driver was rushed to a trauma center where he was pronounced dead. His identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the Pathfinder, a 44-year-old Fullerton man, and his 8- year-old female passenger both suffered minor injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision was asked to contact police at 714-738-6812, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.