Violent Collision Leaves 4 Injured, First Responders Find Alcohol and Handgun in Block-Long Debris Field

Published : Friday, March 15, 2019 | 5:55 AM

A violent collision between a black sedan and a small white van near the intersection of North Fair Oaks Avenue and Claremont Street on Thursday night sent four people to two local trauma centers.

First responders rushing to the scene encountered a large debris field covering over 100 yards of North Fair Oaks Avenue between Hammond and Claremont Streets.

Sifting through the field later, authorities discovered a handgun and a bloody bottle containing an alcoholic drink, police said.

Firefighters and paramedics at nearby Fire Station 36 heard the sound of the collision at 10:06 p.m. and responded immediately, discovering multiple wrecked vehicles and one car on fire.

Pasadena police Lt. Marcia Taglioretti said the force of the collision had caused the sedan to careen into at least two parked vehicles, one of which was occupied.

Fire personnel located three injured teenagers in the black sedan. The trio was extricated and transported to a local hospital.

The van’s driver was seriously injured and transported also, according to police and fire sources.

A passenger from the black sedan may have fled the scene, Taglioretti said.

She also reported that structural damage occurred to an apartment on the west side of the street from the wreckage.

The collision’s cause is not yet known. Pasadena police Traffic Section officers are investigating.

Both South Pasadena and San Marino Fire Department units assisted in the rescue operation, authorities said.



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