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Innocent driver killed after police chase

June 16, 2009 12:50:42 AM PDT
An innocent driver was killed when a high-speed pursuit ended in a pileup in Anaheim on Monday. Three others were also badly injured.Police said two men in a red pickup truck were on the run after allegedly beating up a man on a motorcycle at Brookhurst and La Palma.

The victim on the motorcycle said he did not know the men, and it may have been some type of road rage incident.

Anaheim police confirmed on Tuesday that the driver of the pickup truck had been drinking prior to the collision.

Police saw the truck flee the scene and pursued the vehicle for about one mile until the truck drove through a red light, smashing into a small truck and a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Magnolia and Crescent avenues.

Neighbors in nearby condos said they saw sparks, fire and one vehicle launched six feet in the air.

The driver of the truck, identified as Orlando Botello from Chino Hills, was killed on impact. Botello was reportedly in the area to help his daughter move. The driver of the Camry, identified as 24-year-old Carlos Martinez, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

"At this point, we have one fatality, who was an innocent victim driving home," said Sgt. Tim Schmidt, Anaheim Police Department.

Surveillance video caught the suspect's red truck in the last half-second of the pursuit before crashing.

Police said the suspect's truck was traveling at speeds of 80 to 100 miles per hour on Crescent Avenue.

The suspect was identified as Oscar Javier De La Torre Villalobos from Menifee. He and his passenger are in critical condition.

Villalobos faces multiple charges, including DUI, assault and battery, felony evading and vehicular manslaughter.

Botello was father to three stepchildren and nine grandchildren. A memorial fund has been set up in his name: Donations can be made to the Orlando Botello Memorial Fund, Wells Fargo Account Number 3088580232.

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