Two North High School students and a 20-year-old man were killed in a car accident Monday morning. The car accident occurred on Highway 101 near Santa Barbara.
Danielle Murillo and Jessica Leffew, both 17, were seniors at North High School. Brian Adonay Lopez, Jessica’s boyfriend and from Los Angeles was also killed.
The three were traveling southbound on the highway in a red Mazda 2005 when the vehicle veered right for unknown reasons and crashed into the guardrail, according to the report from the California Highway Patrol. The car then flipped onto its roof before coming to rest in the middle of the freeway. The accident happened around 12:45 a.m.
Moments after the Mazda came to a rest, a white 2013 Ford Mustang smashed into the car.
Erick Hoel August, a 20-year-old male from Los Angeles, was driving the Mazda suffered major injuries and reportedly was listed in critical condition. He was Danielle’s boyfriend.
Kimberly Ann Kries of Santa Barbara was driving the Mustang and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The investigation into the sudden, unexpected death of actor Paul Walker and race car driver Roger Rodas is finally finished. The report states the car was traveling between 80 and 93 mph at the time of the crash—the sole contributing factor to the crash as determined by investigators was excessive speed. Both were wearing their seat belts and both airbags deployed.
With cooperation from Porsche, investigators were able to determine that the Carrera GT was mechanically sound before the crash, ruling out any mechanical failure as a cause of the crash.
The investigator’s report went on to note that the tires found on the left side of the car were over nine years old at the time of the accident, contradicting the GT’s owner’s manual that said tires older than four years old shouldn’t be used for safety reasons. The right-side tires were too damaged for their age to be determined.
Toxicology reports ruled out drugs and alcohol as contributing factors to the crash. Eyewitness reports and security camera footage showed the Carrera GT alone, ruling out street racing.
The death of Walker and Rodas are stark reminders of how terribly wrong a crash can go when it is traveling at a high rate of speed. It should be a sobering reminder how fragile life is.
A 90-year-old bicyclist was hit and killed by a passing motorist. The driver then fled the scene.
If you have any information regarding the accident, contact the Los Angeles Police Department immediately.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, whether in a car or on foot, then contact a Los Angeles accident attorney. We can assist you with filing insurance claims and can ensure that your compensation sufficiently covers the damages from which you have suffered.