Investigators suspect speed was a contributing factor in a crash that killed two teenagers in Tustin, but police said Monday the exact cause of the fatal rollover is still under investigation.
Racing has been an issue on some roads in the area of the Friday afternoon crash, but not along that exact street, Tustin police Lt. Bob Wright said. He said no witnesses have indicated there was another vehicle involved, and investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors.
The crash of the Infiniti M37 occurred about 2:50 p.m. Friday in the 16000 block of Legacy Road, across from the Amalfi Apartment complex. The car was driven by a 19-year-old woman, and she had six 17-year-old passengers — four boys and two girls, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said.
Pedro Fuentes, 17, of Santa Ana, was pronounced dead at the scene. Tustin police said they were notified about 8 p.m. Sunday that passenger Jason Anguiano, 17, of Santa Ana, had died at Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana.
All of the car’s passengers are believed to have been students at Century High School in Santa Ana, where grief counselors were on hand Monday to help students cope with the deaths of two classmates.
The driver of the car has not been arrested. She is the sister of one of teens who died, Wright said.
Although the cause of the crash hasn’t been officially determined, Wright said it could have been “easily avoided” if the driver not been speeding and if there were not seven people in a car that seats five.
The driver sustained minor injuries in the crash and has likely been released from a hospital, Wright said. It was unclear if any of the other victims were still hospitalized, Wright said.
Three of the people in the car suffered minor injuries, Wright said.
The Infiniti was being driven westbound on Legacy Road “when it veered off the roadway and collided with a cement post,” Wright said.
The vehicle then spun out of control and slammed into a moving van that was legally parked along the eastbound side of the road, he said.
“The collision with the moving van caused the Infiniti to roll over,” according to the lieutenant.
A GoFundMe page was established to help the Fuentes family cover funeral expenses.
“He was an amazing loving son, brother and friend. Pedro will always be remembered as caring, humble and full of happiness. Most importantly he always had faith in God and followed his steps,” according to the family’s statement on the page.