A Corona man was arrested Monday on suspicion of intentionally ramming a car in the Temescal Valley, causing the vehicle to slam into a tree — killing three teenage boys inside and injuring three other occupants.
Anurag Chandra, 42, was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, according to California Highway Patrol Lt. David Yokley, who spoke to reporters at a midday news conference.
Yokley said Chandra “intentionally rammed” his Infiniti sedan into a Toyota Prius with six young occupants inside, causing the Prius driver to lose control of the car and hit a tree.
The crash was reported at 10:28 p.m. Sunday at Temescal Canyon Road and Trilogy Parkway, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Firefighters used the jaws of life to remove three patients from the Prius, fire officials said. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene, fire officials said. Two others died after being taken to a hospital.
Three other people — all believed to be teens or young adults — were in the Prius and were injured, but all are expected to recover, authorities said.
There was no immediate word on what may have prompted Chandra to ram the Prius.
Yokley said somebody who witnessed the crash followed Chandra from the crash scene to a nearby home, where he was arrested Monday morning.
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