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Two killed, 1 injured in Fullerton crash

May 11, 2009 | 10:09 am

Fullerton Police crime scene investigators examine the scene where a speeding pickup truck rolled over in a single-vehicle accident in Fullerton, killing two passengers and injuring the driver. A speeding 19-year-old driver drove his pickup truck up a hill and crashed into a tree early this morning in Fullerton, killing two passengers and injuring himself, officials said.

The passengers, a male and a female, both 19, were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, said city spokeswoman Sylvia Palmer. The driver, Jared Berggren, was taken to UC Irvine Douglas Hospital, where he was being treated for head injuries. Police said he was listed in stable condition. The three are residents of Fullerton.

Officials plan on charging Berggren with vehicular manslaughter once he is discharged from the hospital, said police spokesman Mike MacDonald. The 2006 Toyota Tacoma was speeding east on Coyote Hills Drive near Foxwood Drive about 2:30 a.m. when the driver lost control. The truck veered off the road and flew up a hill at an angle, where it rammed into a eucalyptus tree.

The impact sheared off most of the truck's roof, MacDonald said. Investigators found beer bottles at a cul-de-sac down the street and believe the three may have been drinking there before they got into the car.

Fire officials searched in the bushes with thermal cameras after the crash to make sure there were no additional victims, said Fullerton Fire spokesman Gary Dominguez.

“Schools try to impress it on graduates, doing demonstrations of what happens in accidents,” Dominguez said. “Well, here it is in real life.”

-- Victoria Kim

Caption: Fullerton Police crime scene investigators examine the scene where a speeding pickup truck rolled over in a single-vehicle accident in Fullerton, killing two passengers and injuring the driver, authorities said.  Credit: Allen J. Schaben  / Los Angeles Times

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