Teen Driver In Car Crash That Killed Five Was Repeatedly Warned To Drive Slower
The teen who crashed his car on the way home from Knott’s Scary Farm over the weekend, killing five other teens, was often warned to drive slower, according to one of the victim’s sisters.
Bradley Morales, 16, was identified as the driver and the sole survivor in the fatal crash that happened early Saturday morning off the 5 Freeway just south of Irvine. The car veered off the road and onto an embankment, bursting into flames.
The five teenage passengers who died were Brandon Moreno, Jennifer Campos, Jennifer Bahena, Matthew Melo and Alex Sotelo.
“Every time. Every person who went into his car with him. Everyone told him to slow down,” Arlene Moreno told KCAL9. Moreno’s 14-year-old brother, Brandon, was the youngest person to die in the crash.
She said Morales recently bought the older-model BMW driven in the crash for $1,000, which investigators said was registered to a family member. California Highway Patrol is still looking into the incident, but they said speed may have been a factor and that Morales did not have a driver’s license or a learner’s permit.
The Moreno family has set up a fund in order to host a funeral for Brandon.