SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KTVU) - Two young people are dead and teenage driver is behind bars following a horrific crash in South San Francisco Friday night. The driver, 19-year-old Joshua Maldonado of Brisbane, was not seriously injured in the crash and police say he was intoxicated behind the wheel.
Friends of the victims identified them as the driver’s brother, 21-year-old Gabe Maldonado, and his girlfriend, an 18-year-old from San Francisco. Both were ejected from the Honda Civic driven by Joshua Maldonado, who police say was driving 90 miles per hour south on Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco just before midnight on Friday. Police say Maldonado first hit a Mazda trying to turn left on Pine Avenue, and then drove the car into two trees on the side of the road. The force of the impact split the car in half. The driver of the Mazda was not seriously hurt.
Saturday night, friends of the victims gathered at the crash site.
“She was so young and had so much potential. She was a great person,” said Natzayelly Marin, of her friend, the 18-year-old woman who was killed. “I’m in shock that it happened. They were just too young, she had so much going for her.”
Joshua Maldonado is being held without bail in the San Mateo County jail, booked on charges of DUI, reckless driving and second-degree murder.