OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A 12-year-old boy was killed by a suspected drunk driver in Oceanside on Tuesday night, authorities said.
According to the Oceanside Police Department, a call came in around 11 p.m. reporting a white Volkswagen GTI near Mission Avenue and Myers Street driving with no lights on.
An Oceanside officer attempted to pull over the driver, but the driver sped off north on Myers Street, law enforcement said. The suspect’s vehicle then hit a Blue Nissan Altima traveling east on Surfrider Way.
Police confirmed a 12-year-old boy, a passenger of the Altima, died in the collision while other passengers in the vehicle, a 27-year-old and 6-year-old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Two occupants of the Volkswagen suffered non-life-threatening injuries, per OPD. Four people in total were taken to trauma centers.
Ryan Thompson lives nearby the site of the collision and was there for the aftermath.
“It kind of sounded like a shipping container being dragged through the alley…all of a sudden there’s a car that’s absolutely destroyed just feet from your bedroom,” Thompson said.
Less than 24 hours after the accident, FOX 5 arrived at the scene of another collision that happened along the same roadway. Jay Reardon was nearby when both happened and calls it rare.
“This is not a spot for any accident at all. I’ve never seen an accident here,” Reardon explained.
Edward Minot Jr., 20, of Mill Spring, North Carolina, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter, according to authorities.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Oceanside Police Department
Traffic Collision Investigator David Paul at (760) 435-4431.