Long Beach man arrested in connection with fatal DUI

One person was killed and another was critically injured Monday in a collision that resulted in the arrest of a Long Beach man on suspicion of DUI and driving a stolen vehicle, Fullerton police reported.

The crash occurred at 9:51 a.m. in front of Charlie’s Best restaurant at the intersection of Euclid Street and Valencia Drive. Police said the driver of a stolen Toyota Highlander T-boned a Honda Accord, killing a man who was a passenger in the Honda and critically injuring the driver, who was taken to a hospital with “significant but non-life-threatening injuries.”

Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said police were initially called at 9:38 a.m. regarding a reckless driver at Orangethorpe Avenue and Brookhurst Road, but before officers arrived, they were notified about a driver “acting erratically” at Brookhurst and Valencia. The crash occurred minutes later.

The Highlander’s driver, later identified as Randy Lamar Wilkins, was speeding eastbound on Valencia before broadsiding the Accord, Radus said. The Highlander was reported stolen out of Long Beach, he said.

Police reported this afternoon that Wilkins, 39, of Long Beach, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, driving on a suspended license, driving a stolen vehicle and bringing a controlled substance into a custody facility.

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