Early Saturday morning, five young people died while a driver, age 16 who was behind the wheel minus a license was critically injured when a vehicle swerved off the Freeway 5 southbound towards Irvine and hit an embankment, authorities reported.
Driving the BMW that crashed in Orange County was a 16-year-old boy who had no license and caused the death his five teenage passengers.
California Highway Patrol reported that the teenagers were returning home southbound along Freeway 5 along Irvine from a night at Knott’s Scary Farm that is a Halloween-theme fun place in Buena Park. The speeding white sedan crashed on a guardrail, rolled over to the embankment and burst into flame.
All five passengers were killed and later identified as (1) Matthew Melo; (2) Alex Sotelo; (3) Brandon Moreno; (4) Jenny Campos; and (5) Jenny Bahena. They were all between the ages of 14 to 16.
The driver was identified as Bradley Morales who was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He was placed under surgery for injuries sustained to his head and hospital officials said that he remains in critical condition
It was about 2:00 o’clock in the morning when the one – car crash at south of Alton Parkway Drive occurred. It was further reported by Officer Shane Sherwood of Orange County Fire Authority that the crash started a small brush fire that was easily extinguished in less than 30 minutes.
The crash resulted to the death of four teens and they later found the 16-year-old driver was outside the car 50 yards away.
Investigators said that they also found the body of another young person inside the vehicle several hours after the crash, totaling death toll to five.
Because the bodies were badly charred, Orange County coroner took time for identification using dental records.
OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi learned that the group was coming home from a night of fun celebrating Halloween in Knott’s Scary Farm when the crash occurred.
Teammate of the victims identified as Nick Scapone said that he overheard the plan of Matt and Alex to visit Knott’s Scary Farm thatTuesday night.
Due to the mishap, lanes were closed along Freeway5 as authorities were investigating the crash.
What led up to the fatal crash was not immediately known. The crash is still under investigation.
The tragedy brought thousands out to attend a Sunday night vigil. According to Billy McNicol, the program director for Mission Viejo Soccer Club, Melo and Sotelo were in the ninth grade at the High School of Capistrano Valley and were players on the same soccer team. Moreno was in the eighth grade at Middle School of Carl Hankey.
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Source: NBC Los Angeles Com