Three teenagers killed in car crash in Porter Ranch, police say

Two teenagers killed in Porter Ranch crash; 8 others injured; all died of injuries suffered in crash

By Paul Duggan


Three teenagers died in a car crash in Porter Ranch, near Los Angeles, the latest in a series of high profile California traffic deaths that has been linked to teenage driving.

A group of eight people, five of them teenagers, were injured in the crash on Thursday, and a 16-year old was hospitalized after a crash with a dump truck, authorities said on Wednesday.

Three of the people killed were teenagers and the driver of the dump truck was also a teenager, police said.

The crash happened about 8.15pm on Wednesday when the three boys, all teenagers, in a 2004 Honda Civic were heading south on Arroyo Seco Boulevard towards Porter Ranch Boulevard in a 40mph zone.

The driver of the dump truck, who police are not identifying, was also a teenager, according to an incident report released on Wednesday evening.

Two of the three boys died on the scene of the crash and the third, who was taken to a hospital with injuries, was pronounced dead later in the day, said Sgt. Michael Davis, a spokesman for the Riverside County Fire Department. Their names were not released for privacy reasons.

The 16-year-old boy was in critical condition at Riverside County’s Memorial Regional Hospital on Thursday, Davis said.

“His injuries are not life-threatening,” he added.

The teenagers were riding in the back seat of a 1999 Honda Civic, which was carrying three adults. The teenage driver was riding in the front passenger’s seat.

The dump truck driver turned onto Arroyo Seco Boulevard without stopping before striking a 2003 Audi that was turning into the eastbound lanes, police said.

Police were not sure exactly how many vehicles were involved in the crash.

“It is possible that there were more than three people in the SUV,” Davis said.

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