UPDATE: Names of the victims were released Tuesday by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Abdurlrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, a University High School student; and four others from Irvine High school, Nozad Al Hamawendi, 16, Cecilia Zamora, 17, and sisters Robin Cabrera, 17, and Aurora Cabrera, 16.
NEWPORT BEACH, California (May 28, 2013) – It is being described as one of the worst traffic accidents in decades. Five Irvine teenagers – three girls and two boys — were killed early Monday night in a fiery single-vehicle crash with a tree on Jamboree Road near Island Lagoon Drive, according to numerous news reports.
About 5:22 p.m., Abdurlrahman M. Alyahyan was driving an Infiniti passenger car traveling southbound on Jamboree when they swerved off the road and slammed into a tree planted in the center divider near the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, news sources say.
Four of the young people were ejected during the impact which split the vehicle in two. The fifth victim was partially thrown out of the car and critically injured, reports say. Paramedics transported the injured person by ambulance to the trauma center Mission Viejo Hospital where they later died.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort the families and friends of these young people as they cope with such a tremendous tragedy,” Attorney West Thomas said. “As the father of five young adults myself, I can only imagine the pain they are going through now. The thoughts and prayers of our staff are with them as they try to piece together what happened and come to terms with their deaths.”
Sources: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/05/28/5-young-people-killed-in-newport-beach-car-crash/, http://newportbeach.patch.com/groups/editors-picks/p/major-crash-on-jamboree-road, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-five-dead-20130527,0,3781465.story
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