Two young men were killed, and a young woman has been charged in their death after an accident in Northern California.
Five young people — all recent high school graduates — were in a Honda driven by an 18-year-old when the car veered off Highway 24 near Walnut Creek. They were traveling back to Antioch from a party in San Francisco.
The two young men, ages 17 and 18, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to sheriff’s officials. The driver and the two other young women in the car all suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony manslaughter in the death of the two passengers. She is also facing multiple counts of felony driving under the influence.
The two young men were remembered at a vigil, where friends and family members talked about all the special qualities they had and the lives that were cut short.”I’m overwhelmed and blessed to see the impact this young man had on these kids,” said the mother of the 17-year-old.”It’s so painful. I really don’t know what to say,” his stepfather said of the young man who was described by a friend as “a great athlete” and a person who made others happy. A GoFundMe page was created for the family of the younger deceased man to help with funeral expenses.
People who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in a car crash caused by a reckless or negligent driver might want to consult with a California attorney to discuss their legal options.