Two 15-year-old boys were seriously injured while walking home from school after a driver in a van ran up onto a sidewalk and struck them, running over one boy and trapping the other under the vehicle.
Buena Park police said that Gilbert Armando Gonzales, 53, was driving his van south on Beach Boulevard when he may have suffered a seizure, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. The van went onto the sidewalk and hit both boys. The boy who was run over was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange; rescuers took almost 30 minutes to free the boy trapped under the van, using rescue airbags to lift the vehicle off him. He was airlifted to UCI Medical Center, where both teens are in critical condition.
Police investigators said they expect to arrest Gonzales on suspicion of driving under the influence as soon as he is released from the hospital, where he was taken for the possible seizure.
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