Boy dies, 10 hospitalized after chain-reaction crash on 405 in Fountain Valley, driver suspected of DUI

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A Tustin man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during a chain reaction crash in Fountain Valley that left one boy dead and 10 other people hospitalized on Saturday, March 30.

An initial collision happened on the northbound 405 freeway, just past Euclid Street at about 10:49 p.m., according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. It said a black pickup truck slammed into the back of a minivan that had broken down in the carpool lane. Then, a second pickup truck collided with the first in a subsequent crash.

One boy died as a result of injuries he sustained in the collision. Authorities did not immediately release his name or age.

Paramedics transported 10 other people to nearby hospitals, including the driver of the black pickup truck that collided with the stalled minivan. That motorist was described as a 24 year old Tustin resident, and later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The driver was still recovering at OC Global Medical Center, and was expected to remain in the hospital for several more days, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. David Davis. He said the suspect will be formally booked when doctors release the person from treatment.