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3 dead in Anaheim crash identified as police continue investigation

The Orange County coroner has identified the victims of a deadly crash in Anaheim last week that left three men dead.

Alexander Smiller, a 63-year-old from Los Angeles, was driving a Kia Soul, making a right turn out of a parking lot on in the 500 block of Brookhurst Street at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4. Riding with him were Jacob Rolon, a 32-year-old from La Mirada, and Richard Zuniga, a 36-year-old from Anaheim.

All three died when a white Mercedes Benz headed north on Brookhurst hit the front, left bumper of their car, leaving both vehicles with major front end damage. Two women inside the Mercedes, which was left smoking with a small fire under its hood, were gone when police arrived. Police later found out a passerby took them to a hospital.

Sgt. Shane Carringer, a spokesman for Anaheim police, said investigators were still piecing together what happened. In a text message, he said a decision in the case was “weeks away.”

Police said the circumstances of the crash made determining whether anyone was at fault more difficult. It’s not clear if anyone will be charged with a crime.

Surveillance camera footage of the crash shows the Kia turning out on to Brookhurst into the path of the Mercedes. But Carringer previously said the speed at which the Mercedes Benz was traveling could play a factor in the case.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene early Tuesday morning.

“I just heard a car screeching and then an impact sounds, and I saw a bunch of debris and cars,” said Kevin Lee, who witnessed the crash. “Then a fire started, and so we grabbed fire extinguishers and tried to take the fire out.”

Source: Orange County Register

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