UPDATE | Three teens killed in Friday’s high-speed car crash were from Long Beach, officials from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday.
Alicia Leanne Yanonis, 17 years old, and Fabian Cazares Garcia Jr., 19 years old and Armando Herrera, also 19 years old, suffered fatal traumatic injuries after a car they were in sped off a Long Beach street and landed in the Los Angeles River, authorities said.
Long Beach police officials said the lone survivor in the crash, a man in his 20s, is still in critical condition at a local hospital. Detectives are also withholding information about evidence collected from the scene until the investigation in complete.
This article was updated on 5/6/15 at 2:20PM with updates on the status of the injured person and the withholding of information by authorities.
PREVIOUSLY: Jaguar Hit Concrete Bridge Support at High Rate of Speed Friday, Killing Three
5/5/15 10:55 AM | Keeley Smith | The vehicle involved in a fatal crash that closed the northbound and southbound off ramps at the 710/Anaheim junction Friday was a Jaguar moving at a “high rate of speed,” the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) said yesterday.
A May 3 release issued by the LBPD said the driver of the Jaguar and its three passengers were “driving eastbound on Anaheim street at a high rate of speed” when the driver “veered off of the roadway and traveled down a dirt embankment before striking a concrete bridge support on the west side of the Los Angeles River.”
According to the release, the strike caused the vehicle to become airborne, landing on its roof on the west bank of the Los Angeles river. LBPD officers on call responded to the scene and were able to dig away dirt around a victim’s face to provide an unobstructed airway until Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) personnel arrived.
The LBPD said the driver and two of the passengers, one male and female, died as a result of traumatic injuries sustained in the collision. A third male passenger, also injured, was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.
The identity of the passengers has yet to be released, pending notification of the deceased’s family members.
PREVIOUSLY: 3 Dead in Accident After Car Drifts Off 710 Near LA River
5/1/15 10:15AM | Three people died Friday morning after a car veered off the 710 freeway’s northbound Anaheim offramp into a canal near the Los Angeles river, authorities said.
Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) spokesman Brian Fisk said the crash was reported at 4:07AM Friday. He said the department dispatched its urban search and rescue team, as well as other units to the scene, and the northbound and southbound offramps at Anaheim St. were shut down.
“One car with four passengers — three men and one woman — landed on the rocks by the water on its roof,” Fisk said. “All the victims were in their 20s.”
The LBFD is withholding the names of the victims until their families are notified.
“Our units extricated all four victims from the car and one man was transported to a hospital with moderate injuries,” Fisk added. “Unfortunately, the other three victims — two men and a woman — were pronounced dead at the scene.”
The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
No additional information is available at this time. This story will be updated as we learn more.
City News Service contributed to this report.
The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the collision is encouraged to contact Detectives David Lauro or David Whelan of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail, at (562) 570-7355. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.