Possible Criminal Charges Will Be Sought in High-Speed Collision That Left Block-Long Debris Field, Injured Three

Published : Monday, March 18, 2019 | 5:26 AM

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Police said Sunday that the car involved in a March 14 collision on North Fair Oaks Avenue may have been traveling as fast as 80 miles per hour when it broadsided a mini-van, causing a fire, injuring three and showering debris over an entire city block.

Two of the car’s passengers fled the scene after the impact. Police later found a semi-automatic handgun and a bloody alcoholic drink container at the scene, authorities said.

“Possible criminal charges stemming from the collision will be sought as appropriate at the conclusion or our investigation,” said Pasadena Police Traffic Section Lt. Mark Goodman.

The possibility that drugs and/or alcohol may have played a role in the collision is being investigated, Goodman said.

No arrests have been made, and the names of the people involved in the collision are not being released by authorities.

Goodman said police and Pasadena Fire Dept. personnel — who had heard the crash at their Hammond Street station — responded to North Fair Oaks Avenue and Claremont Street at 10:06 p.m. regarding an injury collision.

Upon arrival, first responders found that a black Dodge Dart had collided with a Honda Odyssey mini-van.

Initial investigation suggests that that Dodge was traveling south on Fair Oaks Avenue from Washington Boulevard at a high rate of speed when it struck the Odyssey broadside on the passenger side as it was making a left hand turn onto Claremont Street from Fair Oaks Avenue.

Goodman said police believe that the Dodge was occupied by five people at the time of the collision, two of whom fled the vehicle on foot after the collision.

Three people sustained moderate to severe injuries, none of which was life-threatening, and were transported to local hospitals in stable condition.

The occupants of the Dodge who remained at the scene were identified as a male 23-year-old Monrovia resident, a male 18-year-old Altadena resident, and a male 13-year-old Altadena resident.

The 23-year-old man was identified as the driver. His injuries included a severely broken leg, with less severe injuries being sustained by the 18- and 13-year-olds.

Due to the force of the collisions, the debris field was close to 100 yards long. Parts from the Honda Odyssey flew from the vehicle and caused damage to an apartment building located in the 1100 block of N. Fair Oaks Avenue.

A semi-automatic handgun was among the items recovered at the scene. Goodman said that questions remain regarding the firearm and its recovery at the collision scene.

The individuals who fled on foot from the Dodge have not been immediately identified, and the investigation is ongoing.

“We are very lucky this collision did not result in a fatality,” said Lieutenant Goodman of the Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section. “There is no reason to drive at such high speeds in our residential neighborhoods.”

The driver of the Honda Odyssey was identified as a 32 year-old Pasadena resident. He was not seriously injured in the collision.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is encouraged to call the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241 or Traffic Section Sergeant Dennis Beene at 626-744-4343. Those who prefer to provide information anonymously may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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