House Fire Caused by Suspected DUI Vehicle Collision
For Immediate Release
December 18, 2017
HOUSE FIRE CAUSED BY SUSPECTED DUI VEHICLE COLLISION
CORONA, CA– On Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at about 1:57 a.m., Corona Police Officers and Fire Fighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the 1000 block of Cleveland Way. Upon arrival first responders found a fully involved detached living quarters with a vehicle driven into the structure.
Prior to the Fire and Police arrival, the family from the main house rescued a grandmother and 2 young children from the structure through a window, due to a large piece of furniture that was pushed against the door by the vehicle. The 72-year-old female, along with her 7 and 8-year-old grandchildren, had been asleep in the guest house when the incident occurred. The woman suffered burn injuries and was taken to a local burn center. The children were uninjured.
Police arrived within three minutes of the first 9-1-1 call and found a 23-year-old adult male on the ground outside of the home with serious injuries and a 22-year-old male nearby with a complaint of pain.
Officers determined that the car was being driven on Gilbert Avenue at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, drove up a curb, went through a decorative stucco wall near the sidewalk, drove across the front lawn, and entered the living area of the home. The car came to rest with the front of the car having impacted the wall adjacent to the headboard of the bed the adult female had been sleeping in. The guest house suffered extensive damage and was red-tagged by the Corona Building Department. The vehicle was a total loss.
The 23-year-old male found outside the home was determined to be the driver of the car and was cooperative with officers at the scene. He was taken by ambulance to a local trauma center. The passenger in the car was also transported to a local hospital for treatment. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this collision and the investigation is ongoing pending test results.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Corona Police Department Traffic Division at 951-736-2330, option #2 or email Traffic Sergeant Michael Nielsen at Michael.Nielsen@CoronaCA.gov.
About the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding the City of Corona visit www.CoronaCA.gov.
Detective Andy Bryant
Corona Police Department
Public Information Officer
Firefighter John Deyoe
Corona Fire Department
Public Information Officer