CORONA (CBSLA.com) — Officials Tuesday identified the 20-year-old driver who was killed in a rollover crash that injured four high school students in Corona.
Police said Crystal Urena, of Santa Ana, was driving a Ford Mustang northbound on Via Pacifica around 6 p.m. Monday when she lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason.
The vehicle “left the roadway, and collided with trees and a cable utility box,” investigator Clark Eveland with the Corona Police Department said. “The collision caused the Mustang to roll over and come to rest on its roof.”
Friends said Urena’s brother and three of his classmates at Corona High School were injured in the crash.
“One is in critical condition and the others are in varying degrees of injures,” Sgt. Kim Velasco said.
CBS2’s Michele Gile reported that the student in critical condition is improving. The others suffered broken bones and cuts.
“It’s depressing because I was actually good friends with the two boys and they’re pretty innocent. I play basketball with one, actually. They know a lot of people and they have a lot of friends, it’s sad,” Chris Arredondo said.
Neighbor John Osborne ran to help the victims seconds after the crash.
“Obviously I did try to help, along with other people in the neighborhood who tried to help. One of the individuals in the car was saying that his head was hurting. I think the fire department did a miraculous job getting them out because the roof was totally crushed,” he said.
The Corona-Norco Unified School District released the following statement:
“The Corona-Norco Unified School District is saddened by this tragedy and we extend our deepest sympathy to the families of all of those involved in the accident. We ask that the community join us in keeping the students and their families in their thoughts. Since the names of the victims were not released by law enforcement the District will not release the names of those involved in the accident at this time. However, we can confirm that the four passengers are students from Corona High School. In response to this serious accident, the District crisis team, as well as, additional counseling support staff is on site today to provide support for students, faculty and staff. We will continue to work diligently to ensure students receive the support and resources they need. Students are encouraged to come to the office to receive counseling services should they require support throughout the day. Counseling services will continue to be made available as necessary.”
Authorities believe speed, not alcohol or drugs, was a factor in the accident.