3 UC Davis students die in 6-car crash in California's Central Valley: CHP
MANTECA, Calif. - Three UC Davis students died early Saturday in a Central Valley crash, according to California Highway Patrol and the university.
The 6-car chain reaction crash on Highway 99 near Manteca is believed to have been caused by a drunk driver who also died in the crash. CHP said that driver drove into oncoming traffic, hitting a U-Haul then slamming into the Subaru carrying the three students going the other way.
The University Chancellor gave the names of the students that died in a statement and said staff and students are devastated.
Minkyu Geon of Hong Kong was a junior majoring in electrical engineering.
Margarette Guinto Ventura of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was a sophomore majoring in biological sciences.
Codi Orland Mateo of Pasco, Washington, was a senior majoring in neurobiology, physiology and behavior.
Photos from the scene show the car they were traveling in completely crushed.
The students were all pronounced dead at the scene.