Azarie Dupree Fuller charged with 3 counts of second-degree murder following police pursuit

Posted: July 14, 2022

SANTA ANA, CA (July 14, 2022) – Azarie Dupree Fuller of Exeter, in Tulare County, was charged today with three counts of second-degree murder stemming from a police pursuit that killed three of his passengers — a 26-year-old man and a pair of teens — and injured four others in Orange.

Fuller was also charged with evading a peace officer causing death, three counts of child abuse and endangerment, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving without a valid driver’s license, according to court records. He was also issued a ticket for speeding beyond 100 miles per hour.

Fuller is accused of killing Gustavo Castro of Garden Grove as well as two teens, one female and one male, whose names were not immediately released.

Fuller was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima that crashed early Saturday at Glassell Street north of Taft Avenue, according to Sgt. Phil McMullin of the Orange Police Department.

Police were on patrol about 2:47 a.m. when the officers saw the Nissan sail past them at a high rate of speed on Glassell from Lincoln Avenue, McMullin said.

As officers attempted to track down the speeding vehicle, they found it fully engulfed in flames, McMullin said. Azarie Dupree Fuller and two teens, one male and one female, were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, he said.

Police recovered a nitrous oxide tank and balloons at the scene, he said. Nitrous oxide, which is referred to as “laughing gas” is a sedative used by physicians and dentists and can be abused as an intoxicant.

Police believe the occupants were not wearing seat belts, as there were seven people in a car meant to seat five, McMullin told City News Service.

via City News Service

Liability In Santa Ana Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Santa Ana Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the families of those affected by Azarie Dupree Fuller’s reckless behavior. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

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