DANA POINT, California – Camp Pendleton Marines Sgt. Jeremiah Callahan, 23, Cpl. Jason Chleborad, 22, and Cpl. Christopher Arzola, 21, all passengers in a car driven at high speed by a fourth Marine, were killed early Tuesday morning after the driver struck a tree on Golden Lantern Street, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The marines were identified in a Feb. 16 news report by NBC
Two of the passengers were found dead at the scene of the tragic crash. The third passenger died at Mission Hospital. Meanwhile the driver, whose identity remains undisclosed, remains in critical condition in intensive care, according to police reports. The 2005 Dodge Stratus was apparently driving north on Golden Lantern Street about 2:05 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle, the report said.
The Marines were all stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, an amphibious training base for the United States Marine Corps. The trip to Dana Point is about 28 miles up the coast of the Pacific Ocean from the base.
Callahan, 23, of Chadron, Neb., and Chleborad, 22, of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Arzola, 21, of Westfield, Mass., were all data network specialists with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, according to United States Marine Corps records examined by an NBC news story.
Sources: –Orange County Sheriff’s Department and NBC news reports
Investigation into the Crash
Whenever there are serious injuries or death resulting from a car crash police will conduct a complete investigation to determine whether there were any contributing factors that may have caused the car accident. In this case, police have indicated that speed was a factor, but no other details have been shared at this time.
In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
“I’m truly saddened by this tragedy,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm. “The news also comes just days after another car crash killed a young Marine in San Diego.”
Those seriously injured or killed in car crashes are often victims of poor judgment, which most of the time is not intentional. Every time we get into our vehicles we make conscious decisions that affect every driver who shares the road with us, Thomas said.
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