Police Identify 4 Killed After Truck Crashes Into Tree

LA HABRA (CBS/AP) — Police say four people were killed and two injured when a pick-up truck that may have been speeding through a residential neighborhood in La Habra went out of control and crashed into a tree.

La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos says the fatal accident happened shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.

Four were pronounced dead at the scene: David Huizar, Jr., 22, of La Habra; Jimmy Alonzo Gonzales, 22, of Buena Park; Paul Romero, 25, of Fullerton; and Delora Bravo, 22, of La Habra.

Two La Habra residents, 25-year-old Destiney Mendoza and 21-year-old Rochelle Romero, were hospitalized in critical condition.

All six passengers were originally trapped inside the black Chevy Colorado and emergency rescue crews extracted the two survivors using the “jaws of life”.

Police are investigating whether alcohol was involved and say that they suspect the vehicle was going faster than the posted speed limit — 25 miles per hour.

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  • Jeff

    I am sorry to hear about this tradgedy. I pray for all of the families who will suffer for their loss. Terrible terrible thing. May God be with your families and hopefully something good will come out of it. I appreciate every moment and every breath I take as we are not guranteed tomorrow. Be kind to others and always tell your family members you love them each and everyday as we never know what this world can bring us.


    Jeffrey Pasquale
    Lancaster, CA

  • Really

    That comment was for Crazy Legs (just to clarify). I don’t see his comment anymore, but he is a moron.


    Thank you for your support “Really”. I think “Jeff” said it best in his comment . I encourage any other folks wishing to comment, to join “Really” , “Jeff”, and I, in extending condolences and comfort to all these families at this time.
    Good job “Jeff”, its refreshing to know good people with good hearts still exist.

  • bee

    anyone knw the names of the victims?

  • Art

    People drive like this all the time and sometimes it will result in death and injury

  • Agustin Ruiz

    Family and friends of the victims involved have seen comments on the story, before you post, keep that in mind and also that they are going through a terrible situation and seeing tasteless and innapropriate comments about their family member is that much more hurtful. Alcohol involvement has not even been confirmed yet and if it does indeed turn out it was involved we all know that drinking and driving is a terrible thing, but there is absolutely no need to leave the hurtful comments about the victims. If you really have nothing encouraging to say to the families and friends of the victimes, it is best that you say nothing at all.

  • Karine

    Why are you such an awful person? Where your parents awful too!! If you have nothing nice to say dont say anything at all. Low life.

  • karine

    My comment was for Saber….Low Life..

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  • Friend

    i grew up with Paul Romero and Destiny (she is a survivor) The other survivor is Rochelle, Pauls lil sister> please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and i thank you all who did not even know these great people for your kind words, it means alot to us friends and family that there are some great people out there with great hearts.

  • Isabel O.

    Before leaving an in humane comment please think that the victim’s actions are causing thier family members to suffer who is not thier fault.. I knew David Huizar and Rochelle Romero (Romero was declared dead this afternoon) they have a 3 yr old daughter (who is turing 4 in a couple of weeks & they were going to throw her a birthday party) and a 2 yr baby boy. Now those little innocent angels have lost BOTH thier parents and i know David’s side of the family. So please think before you leave a nasty comment because you’ll never who are the people you’ll truely affend, Please at least have some respect.

    • L

      The article says Rochelle is still alive, is this no longer true?

    • mi no hablo ingles


      it’s so hard to understand your English.

      • moe

        isabel, don’t pay any attention to the socially confused person who commented about your english. this accident is so devastating to so many families. god bless.

  • Michelle

    Hi Friend, do you know what schools they went too ??

  • leee

    wow, do all the haters just spend the day finding news stories to comment on?? get a life people is this the only way you can feel “BIG” ? is your real life really this sad?

  • Leslie

    Such a tragedy for all the families invlolved. I’m sorry and I will pray you find peace in the happier memories they all leave behind. Only God knows when it’s our time to go, he must have had an opening for four new Angels. Find comfort in that thought and know that in time you will smile once again. Friends on Earth, Angels in Heaven. The two who survived will need all the support to move on with their lives. Injuries may heal on the outside, but it’s the injury and the pain on the inside that will take longer to heal. God Bless all involved.

  • moe

    its so sad . i cried for the kids and their families. what a devastating accident and what an ordeal for the families of the kids who passed away. i wish them strength and am hoping for the best for the two girls who survived. i wonder if the girl who survived is the younger sister of one of the boys who died. what a terrible terrible tragedy.

  • Just a Thought

    Such a tragedy only made worse by the cruel morons that feel the need to post insensitive comments

  • sheila

    I grew up with destiney paul and rochelle. Please ppl respect them as human beings and don’t write dumb heartless comments!!!! We have lost great ppl and are concentrating on our good friend destiney to pull through and please respect the fact that she does not know that her husband paul has passed thank you

  • George Roman

    omg rest in peace jimmy so young and rochelle good ur alive u have so many children

  • Kyle H.

    They were actually my next door neighbors. Rip to all them. This incident is going to save many lives hopefully. Me being 23. Me and my friends would do the same types of things they do all the time. but i am going to preach this story to them as to why you dont drink and drive. Maybe it will save some of my friends.

  • Friend

    Michelle, Destiny went to New Harvest Christian w/ me , Paul and rochelle (little sister) they grew up in the same church with us and all our families.

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  • puro pedo

    is the tree ok? I’m concerned with global warming!!!!!

  • sheila

    Tyshuan shut up please have respect

    Puro pedo you think that ish us funny imagine it was your family grow up ughhhh

  • Alma

    my condolences to your family i know is hard to let your love ones go but just think the she is in a better place now.my prayers is with the all the families.god blees you all

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