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LOCAL : Truck Hits Wall; O.C. Man Killed

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

A Garden Grove man was killed and two of his friends seriously injured when his pickup truck slammed into a cinder-block wall this morning, police said.

Police said the 27-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene but they declined to identify him pending notification of relatives.

Two passengers in the truck, Roman Sanchez, 22, and Elisar Guzman, 26, both of Garden Grove, were taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange. Sanchez was listed in critical condition with major head injuries while Guzman was hospitalized in serious condition for neck and back injuries, Lt. John Woods said.

The accident occurred about 2 a.m. as Sanchez was driving along Magnolia Avenue south of Garden Grove Boulevard.

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Woods said investigators are trying to determine why the driver veered off the street before smashing into the wall.


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