Three family members are dead and another seriously injured after a California man reportedly plowed into their home Saturday night. Police say the man was drunk when the incident occurred.
KTLA 5 reports that according to the California Highway Patrol, 33-year-old Ismael Huazo-Jardinez smashed into a trailer home off of Jennings Court in the Sacramento area, near Knights Landing, at around 10 p.m. on Saturday night. A 10-year-old boy and his parents were killed after the suspect’s truck crashed into them while they were sleeping, officials confirmed.
Another family member, an 11-year-old girl, was rushed to U.C. Davis with life-threatening injuries.
Three people killed and one severely injured when a drunk driver plowed through this trailer last night in Knights Landing. pic.twitter.com/bPyhZtnGAp
— Mike Luery (@KCRALuery) May 5, 2019
“We heard a big bang in and we dropped everything and ran outside towards the accident,” neighbor Jon Cooney told CBS Sacramento.
According to witnesses, Huazo-Jardinez attempted to flee the scene after the crash, but neighbors gave chase and restrained him until authorities arrived.
“He tried to run but he got a beat down trying to do it. A couple of guys grabbed ahold of him,” neighbor Steve Martinez told CBS Sacramento. “That little girl… the motorhome was on top of her and a bunch of guys got there to try to lift it off of her saw her scream but I didn’t see anybody else.”
CHP said the suspect was going “at a high rate of speed” and didn’t bother to slow down as he approached a curve at Jennings Court.
“If you add alcohol and speed, it’s a recipe for disaster,” CHP spokesman David Hernandez said, according to NBC 3.
The family’s landlord, Frankie Gonsalves, said the victims were a good family and model tenants. The man identified the victims as the Pachecos family.
“Model family. Two very hardworking parents, farmworkers, well-behaved kids. They are, were, I would say, (among) my top five tenants here. Really good people, pay their rent on time.”
The suspect was booked into the Sumter County Jail on charges of DUI charges and vehicular manslaughter.
Check back CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Ismael Huazo-Jardinez/Police Handout]