Tesla driver suspected of DUI pulled from burning car after Garden Grove crash that left 1 dead

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Friday, November 11, 2022
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One person was killed and two others were hurt in a fiery three-car crash in Garden Grove in which a man was pulled from a burning car.

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) -- One person was killed and two others were hurt in a fiery three-car crash involving a Tesla in Garden Grove.

The crash happened at Magnolia Street and Garden Grove Boulevard early Friday morning. When officers arrived at the scene around 1 a.m., they found the gray Tesla sedan engulfed in flames.

Officers and two good Samaritans pulled the driver from the burning car, which was caught on video, and he was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition. The passenger in the Tesla was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Garden Grove Police Department, that driver is suspected of speeding and driving under the influence. He is now facing DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges.

Another driver of a Lexus vehicle involved in the collision sustained critical injuries and was taken to a hospital.

The driver of a Nissan involved in the crash said he saw "something silver or white just hit me straight up and then I see an airbag just me in the chest."

Authorities said the collision left behind a large debris field, prompting the closure of the intersection for several hours.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Garden Grove police say.

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