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Crash Involving Stolen Vehicle Ends in Fatality

The driver of a stolen black Toyota Highlander was believed to be driving at a high speed eastbound on Valencia when it struck a red Honda Accord, shunting it into Charlie’s Best Hamburger and killing its passenger.

The crash was reported at the intersection of Valencia and Euclid in Fullerton around 9:50 a.m., said Lt. Jon Radus of the Fullerton Police Department. The driver of the Honda was taken to the hospital for significant but non life-threatening injuries.

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Lt. Jon Radus of Fullerton Police investigates the scene of a collision that claimed the life of one person. Photo credit: Nathan Kiesselbach

The driver of the Honda was reported to be an adult female, and the passenger killed in the collision was an adult male.

The suspected driver of the Toyota has been identified as Randy Lamar Wilkins of Long Beach, and was arrested at the scene. He is charged with Felony DUI drugs, driving on a suspended license, driving a stolen vehicle, and bringing a controlled substance in custody facility.

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The driver of a stolen Toyota Highlander that broadsided a red Honda Accord, killing its passenger, has been identified as 39-year-old Randy Lamar. Photo credit: Fullerton Police Department

Initial reports indicate Wilkins had exited the vehicle after the collision and began to act erratically. At the time of investigation, it is unknown what the rate of speed of the vehicles were or what the traffic conditions were at the time of the accident.

According to Fullerton Police, they had received earlier reports of a black Toyota Highlander driving erratically prior to the collision.

Onlookers stands near the accident where one fatality was reported. Photo credit: Nathan Kiesselbach

“He was definitely on drugs,” said Maggie Montelongo, who had just arrived to her office next to where the accident occurred, where she saw the driver of the black Toyota exit the vehicle and act erratically. “He was yelling at everyone to stay back and pacing back and forth,” she added.

Anaheim resident Angelica Romo was passing out flyers at the nearby DMV when she heard the crash. “It sounded bad, but I didn’t realize how bad until I walked over to look. I was shocked,” said Romo.

A adult male driving a stolen Toyota collided with a Honda, killing its passenger on the scene Monday, April 1. Photo credit: Nathan Kiesselbach

The streets at Euclid and Valencia were shut down for hours due to the investigation causing traffic to be diverted into side streets.

This currently still is an ongoing investigation, more information to come.