Police say 41 year-old Gary S. Hunt was intoxicated when he crashed his black pick-up truck into the rear of a Toyota Camry, carrying five members of a local family, as they were sitting at an intersection in Anaheim.
The impact of the crash demolished the trunk of the Camry and sent the vehicle into an intersection where it was broadsided by another vehicle.
Two girls and one boy were in the backseat of the car and, unfortunately, the boy later identified as Rafael Ramirez age 11 suffered life-threatening injuries. He was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The two girls, one of which was an infant suffered critical injuries, but are expected to recover. The mother and father also suffered minor injuries.
Two occupants of another vehicle involved in the accident also suffered minor to moderate injuries.
According to NBC News, the family had just left a local restaurant and were heading home after they spent the day attending a festival.
One witness told NBC that Hunt got out of his truck and tried to blend in with crowd gathering around the accident scene.
Police have charged him with felony DUI but said he may face additional charges.
The accident is still under investigation.
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