Fatal car accident: Five teens died in Newport Beach Monday night when their car went off the road and slammed into a tree, splitting the car in half.
• A 17-year-old unlicensed driver with four teen passengers was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control and slammed into a tree.
• The violent impact split the car in half. One of the halves caught fire.
• All five teens died — four at the scene and one in the hospital.
Newport Beach Police Department spokesperson Kathy Lowe said 17-year-old Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, a senior at University High School in Irvine, was driving a 2008 Infiniti G35 at a high rate of speed when he lost control near near Island Lagoon Drive and slammed into a tree in the center divider.
The impact was so violent that it split the car in half, Lowe said. One of the halves caught fire.
“The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision,” Lowe told the Newport Beach Patch news website. The speed limit on Jamoboree Road is 5 mph. Investigators have not yet determined exactly how fast Alyahyan was driving when he crashed.
There were five teens in the car. All of them, including Alyahyan, were killed.
Four of the teens were ejected from the car and died at the scene. The fifth, who was only partially ejected, suffered severe burn injuries and died at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
The victims were identified as 17-year-old Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17-year-old Cecilia D. Zamora, 16-year-old Aurora C. Cabrera, and 17-year-old Robin A. Cabrera. All of the teens were students at University High School.
DMV officials said Wednesday that Alyahyan did not have a driver’s license or even a learner’s permit, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.