Teen Couple Killed In Crash After Car Roof Rips Off
A teen couple was killed in a violent crash in Hacienda Heights on Sunday night after a car crashed into them and sheared off the roof of their car.
The deadly crash occurred around 7 p.m. near the 60 Freeway off-ramp at 7th Avenue, ABC 7 reports. A 62-year-old woman driving a black Lexus sedan was going on the off-ramp at an "extremely high-rate-of-speed," CHP Officer Jeremy Tolen told KTLA. She blew through the stop sign at the off-ramp, hit a dip in the road and then struck a concrete median, sending her car flying in the air.
At the same time, the 18-year-old man and woman, whose family members say were boyfriend and girlfriend, were in a white Toyota Tacoma pickup going northbound on 7th Avenue. The black sedan struck the white truck, and the force was so strong that it ripped the roof off the cab of the truck. The sedan flipped onto its roof in a nearby Denny's parking lot on S. 7th Avenue, according to ABC 7.
Both teens were both pronounced dead at the scene. The woman and her male passenger in the sedan were extracted from the car. They were taken to the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for minor injuries.
Sal Corrales, who was parked in the Denny's lot, was only a few parking spots away from the deadly crash. While his girlfriend called 9-1-1, he went to check on the truck. "It was disturbing," he told ABC 7. "That's when I had got up and when I had left to go see the white truck, if anybody was in there. That's when I noticed there was organ tissue on the street, and I just assumed the person who was in that truck was departed."
Another witness, Juan Castaneda, told NBC Los Angeles, "I heard the ugliest sound you could hear. Just grinding metal."
The L.A. County Coroner's Office identified the 18-year-old man as George Steward II. Authorities have not identified his girlfriend yet, though family members told CBS Los Angeles that he was traveling with his girlfriend, Sabrina Castillo, when the crash happened. Steward and Castillo graduated from Los Altos High School in 2014, family members said.
CHP is investigating the crash and why the driver the black sedan was speeding, but do not believe alcohol was a factor in the incident. However, a witness told CHP that before the crash, the black sedan was seen driving erratically, according to NBC Los Angeles.