Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A female La Serna High School student was killed and four others were injured Tuesday in a single-vehicle rollover crash near the Whittier campus.

The SUV, with six people inside, crashed around 11:20 a.m. in the 8400 block of Villaverde Drive, according to Whittier police Officer John Scoggins.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash.

Police said one person — a teenage girl — died in the crash and the other five occupants, three female and two male, were injured. The girl’s name was not immediately released.

Loring Davies, assistant superintendent of Educational Services for the Whittier Union High School District, confirmed that the girl who died was a student at La Serna, as were four of the injured. The other injury was the adult driver of the vehicle, Davies said in a statement posted on the school’s website.

“The district is working with the Whittier Police Department to determine the details surrounding the accident,” Davies said. “Given the gravity of the situation, students have been allowed to respond to texts/calls from parents to confirm that they are safe. The district will work with LSHS to ensure counselors are available to all students and staff through the week.”

Two of the injured people were airlifted to hospitals in critical condition. The other three were taken by ambulances.

Jay Lee, who said he was golfing nearby, told ABC7 he heard the crash and ran to the scene.

“I looked out and then I just saw, well, a car just flipped over,” he said. “And I heard a young girl, she was screaming pretty badly, … her friends weren’t waking up so she was very scared, I guess. And there was actually a lot of blood.”

Lee said there were beer cans around the crash site, but police have not yet said whether they believe alcohol was a factor.

— Wire reports 

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