Officials are investigating if the driver of a car that allegedly ran a stop sign Saturday and crashed into a SUV -- killing a mother and her four children while the father looked on helplessly -- was on medication at the time.
It was not immediately clear whether the family died of the impact, or of the flames, although CHP Capt. Dave Paris told ABC30-TV it appeared that the driver "tried to get out, but didn't make it."
The family was reportedly returning from a family birthday party when they approached the intersection of Excelsior and South Marks avenues. That's when the father told authorities he suddenly saw "this flash and he got into the intersection and the car was already on fire," Paris told the news station.