WESTMINSTER — A Westminster woman died and two children were severely injured Monday when a van driver, apparently distracted by the disabled man he was transporting, ran a red light and crashed into their vehicle, police said.
The accident occurred at 10:15 a.m. as Tran Tran, 49, was driving south on Bushard Street. A van going east on McFadden Avenue ran a red light, police said, and crashed into the right front of Tran's car, fatally injuring 32-year-old Truc Tieu and injuring a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old.
"The car was totaled," Westminster Police Lt. Mike Chliskey said.
The driver of the van, Richard Hernandez, 25, of Irvine, had apparently been distracted by an outburst from his 43-year-old passenger, who is mentally disabled, police said.
"The passenger, at the time, was in a wheelchair, and it seemed as though he was trying to get out of his seat," Chliskey said.