Suspects Fleeing From Police Crash into Rancho Cordova Apartment, Start Fire

RANCHO CORDOVA -- Five people were taken to the hospital after a car crashed into an apartment complex in Rancho Cordova Saturday morning and sparked a fire. The car was fleeing a traffic stop.

The victims are expected to be OK but several apartments were destroyed.

“We heard a really loud bang,” Ulises Buenrostro said with surprise.

It was a terrifying wake up call for neighbor Buenrostro.

“I seen the kids they were just standing there screaming,” said Buenrostro.

The suspects had already fled the scene of the crash but were located nearby.

A car crashing right into his neighbor’s apartment, sparking a fire and still, Buenrostro ran inside, without hesitation.

“I knew I had to take control of the situation. So, I took the babies out of harm’s way. I just picked them up, one in each hand and I took them out where there was no smoke no more,” Buenrostro stated.

Three children, ages 2, 4 and 7 were taken to the hospital, all that’s left of their home is ashes.

The people inside of the car were also injured; and now suspects in a crime.

It all started here at the intersection of White Rock Road and Zinfandel Drive when the suspect ran a red light. Police tried to pull him over but instead he took off, for about 2 miles. Eventually, running off the road and crashing right into an apartment complex.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, there was meth inside of the car.

“It’s very fortunate that nobody inside was hurt and that anybody in the vehicle only had minor injuries,” said Capt. Chris Vestal with Sacramento Metro Fire.

The kids are all expected to be OK and Buenrostro says, that’s what matters.

“I’d rather have my life in danger than have those kids’ life in danger. I just did what I had to do to get those kids out of harm’s way,” Buenrostro expressed.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital and later identified as Benjamin Mena, 21, of Roseville.

Benjamin Mena, 21.

Once he is treated, officers say he’ll be charged with felony possession for sales of meth and felony evasion from police.


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