ALAMEDA, Calif. (KTVU/BCN) - ALAMEDA (BCN) The Alameda County coroner's bureau has identified two 17-year-olds killed in a rollover collision Monday morning in Alameda as Briana Ortega of Hayward and Simon Sotelo of Union City.
The collision was reported at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue at 8:01 a.m., and involved a minivan with a single occupant and a full-sized truck carrying seven people.
Ortega and Sotelo were both in the truck. Ortega died at the scene. Sotelo was transported to Highland Hospital before he was pronounced dead.
Five other occupants of the truck were transported to a hospital with critical injuries.
A woman driving the minivan was also hospitalized with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.
Police said speed appeared to be a factor in the collision.
What's left of the GMC Sierra truck carrying the seven people sat in a parking lot near Park and Lincoln on Monday. Its passengers are said to all have been in their late teens and early 20s.
Police said the truck was speeding south on Park Street when it clipped a Toyota Sienna minivan at Lincoln Avenue.
The impact caused the truck to go out of control, roll over and hit a tree and signpost before coming to rest in the parking lot of Alameda Bicycle a block away.
Police say it's unclear if drugs or alcohol were a factor.
Lt. Hosh Durani with Alameda Police Department said police and the fire department arrived to the scene of multiple occupants in the vehicle with major injuries.
"I heard a crash. As I looked over, I saw the van that was right here pull up and I saw the truck that was over there. It's a very unfortunate event. You know, you don't need to speed to go somewhere and this is the end result," Andrew Ardito, a cook at nearby Jim's restaurant said.
Motorists in the city of Alameda were urged to avoid Park Street from Santa Clara Avenue to Pacific Avenue for some time due to the crash.