Two teenagers in a speeding car were killed late Saturday night in a horrific San Jose crash when the vehicle careened into a tree, authorities said.
Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a crash involving a 1999 Ford Contour on Chynoweth Avenue at Derek Drive at about 11:55 p.m., San Jose police spokesman Jason Dwyer said.
According to a preliminary investigation, the vehicle was traveling west on Chynoweth Avenue at high rate of speed when it careered out of control and struck the tree.
Authorities said there were five teens in the car ranging from age 16-19. A 19-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene and a 16-year-old passenger was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at about 2 a.m.
Lt. Kevin Aburzzini said the other three suffered critical injuries.
Authorities said no other vehicles appear to have been involved. It has not been determined if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
Kevin Mayes lives on Chynoweth Avenue and said it was not unusual for cars to travel through the neighborhood at a high rate of speed.
“People come down here racing all the time,” he said. “We’ve always wondered when there would be an accident. Last night…it happened. We heard the emergency vehicles and we knew there had been a bad accident. Our worst fears were realized – someone lost their life.”
The crash has also devastated the families of the victims.
“It’s really hard,” said Irene Gonzalez, who is the aunt of Salvador Fernandez, the 16-year-old killed in the crash. “My sister is taking this really bad. My whole family was at my sister’s just trying to be there for her. “
She said her nephew was “a great kid…always laughing.”
Gonzalez said she got a call from her sister at 4 a.m.
“I was in shock,” she said. “My sister said they were driving fast.”
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