Five teenagers from Irvine were killed in a fiery car crash in Newport Beach on Monday, officials said, according to KABC News.
Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says the Infiniti sedan they were in veered off a road Monday evening and hit a tree. The vehicle split in half and caught fire, according to CBS News.
The Infiniti was headed south along Jamboree Road, just outside the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, when the driver lost control of the vehicle, said Kathy Lowe, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police, as reported by the O.C. Register.
Investigators said the vehicle was traveling southbound on Jamboree Road north of Island Lagoon around 5:30 p.m. when it veered off the road and slammed into a tree, according to KABC News.
UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that four of the five teens have been identified by the Orange County Coroner, although no names have been revealed. They were apparently high school classmates.
The Times also reported that: As police continue to investigate the crash, they have already concluded that speeding was involved. The posted speed limit on Jamboree is 55 mph. “Excessive speed was a contributing factor,” Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said Tuesday.
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