HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA (March 30, 2018) – Three teenagers from Nevada were tragically killed in a deadly car crash that happened on PCH in Huntington Beach. (map)
At 1 a.m., they were cruising down Pacific Coast Highway in their red Toyota and had stopped at a red light at the intersection of Magnolia. A Hyundai Sonata, driven by 27-year-old Bani Duarte from San Clemente, had been traveling north on Pacific Coast Highway and struck the teens’ vehicle from behind. The impact of the Hyundai Sonata caused the Toyota to catch on fire, tragically killing all three teenagers on scene.
One male passenger was able to escape the ill-fated tragedy by climbing out of the fiery vehicle and had been transported to the trauma center for the unknown injuries he sustained. Duarte was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Dylan Mack, Junior Brooke Hawley, and AJ Rossie were from Nevada and all students, and athletes, from Centennial High School. They had decided to take a trip to California for spring break and were actually on their vacation with a larger group of friends. Our sources indicate that the teens had been seen at a bonfire the previous night before.
This stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach is no stranger to accidents. There is a plethora of bars on Main Street, just half a mile down from where the deadly crash occurred. It is unclear at the time whether the suspected DUI driver was over-served alcohol at one of these establishments. Tuesday’s tragic accident will remain under investigation for some time. A small memorial has been set up to honor the lives of these young adolescents who were robbed of the many opportunities life had to offer them. Information is still currently being released, and Lexton Law will continue to update this article as we retrieve more information regarding this terrible accident.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”