The California Highway Patrol released details leading up to the double fatal crash in Madera County Saturday.
An unidentified 17-year-old was driving an Audi sedan eastbound on Avenue 12 near Road 34 1/2 going about 60 mph around 4:30 p.m.
The driver for a Toyota 4-Runner was traveling westbound on the same road. Witnesses say that’s when the teen crossed over into the path of the Toyota and crashed head-on.
The teen was pinned in, and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to CHP.
There were five people inside the Toyota, including the driver. Three were juveniles and two were adults.
One of the juveniles in the backseat, wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The others, said to not have been wearing seat belts, were taken to Valley Children’s Hospital.
The driver, 49, of the Toyota was taken by air to Community Regional Medical Center and the passenger, 32, said to not have been wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to the same hospital.
Drugs and/or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash, CHP says. The cause is still under investigation.
A memorial was set up at the crash site for one of the victims killed in the crash the next day.
Heartbreaking: makeshift memorial on the side of Avenue 12, near Road 34 1/2 in Madera County for victim of yesterday’s head-on collision. pic.twitter.com/LWnl0gpVwS— Angelica Lei Lani (@AngelicaLeilani) April 14, 2019