NEAR CORONA (CBSLA) – Three teen boys were killed and another three were injured when the driver of a car slammed into theirs, sending their vehicle hurling into a tree late Sunday night in the Temescal Valley, just south of Corona. A man who authorities say fled the scene was later arrested on murder charges.

Three teen boys were killed and another three boys injured when a car crashed into a tree Jan. 19, 2019, in the Temescal Valley, south of Corona. (CBS2)

Just before 10:30 p.m., an Infiniti crashed into a Toyota carrying six teenage boys, which then slammed into a tree at Temescal Canyon Road and Trilogy Parkway, according to California Highway Patrol.

Riverside County Fire crews responded to find three of the six teens still trapped inside the car.

One of the boys died at the scene and the other five were rushed to a hospital, where two more died, a CHP spokesperson said. The other three injured boys were expected to survive their injuries.

(Left to right) Drake Ruiz, Daniel Hawkins and Jacob Ivascu. (Family Photos)

42-year-old Anurag Chandra has been charged with murder with malice and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the crash.

The victims of the crash included two sets of brothers. The boys who died — Daniel Hawkins, Jacob Ivascu and Drake Ruiz — were all 16-years-old. The surviving victims were 13-year-olds Joshua Hawkins and Joshua Ivascu, and 18-year-old Sergio Campusano. They were all part of their church youth ministry.

Family members said the teens were celebrating Jacob’s birthday and were playing “ding-dong-ditch” when a man answered the door and went after the teens.

“When he came out and got in his car to chase after them, they fled for their lives basically,” Debbie Ruiz, Drake’s mom, said.

Anurag Chandra, 42, was arrested on suspicion of intentionally ramming a car of teenage boys, killing three. (CHP)

Chandra allegedly chased the teens until he caught up to them and rammed his vehicle into the their vehicle before driving off.

CHP officers arrested Chandra about a half-mile from the scene. A witness had followed the suspect to his home.

“The witness basically followed that vehicle as he fled the scene into a nearby residence,” CHP Officer Juan Quintero said. “The witness then came back and relayed that information to our officers.”

Chandra is arrested in the hit-and-run. (RVC News)

Chandra’s neighbor, Thalia Anguiano, did not believe that he was capable of killing the teens.

“I don’t think it was the way it happened,” she told CBS2. “They were good people, they didn’t bother anyone, they were just a big family to everyone.”

It was not initially believed that drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision.

The car carrying the six boys only had five seat belts, officials said. It was not immediately clear if any of the teens were wearing seat belts.

A prayer service was held Monday night as friends and community members prayed for the victims, the families and the suspect.

Comments (66)
  1. Shlomo Goldrememberthesixgorillionbergensteinbears says:

    Now that’s what I can DIEversity

  2. NoThankYou says:

    So these kids were celebrating a birthday by annoying people in their neighborhood?

    1. dan says:

      Yeah how terrible is that….. ding dong ditch……not even the gang bangers out there dare to do such things.. Im pretty sure that the state california is considering making ding dong ditch a capital crime.

      1. Danisabich says:

        Dan is the parent of the dead ones. No surprise. Moron raising morons. Play a game, pay the price.

  3. Dontcare says:

    play stupid games win stupid prizes

  4. Justin says:

    Parents allowed six kids to ride in a vehicle equipped for only five to have “Harmless Fun” trespassing to harass neighbors. Nobody deserves death, but these kids brought misfortune upon themselves, by choosing to be a public nuisance. The man that chased them had every right to be upset, but no right ram his vehicle into theirs. Both sides were wrong, and families on both sides lose. There is a lesson here for all.

    1. dan says:

      Wow…..really…. he had every right to be upset because he had to answer his door bell.. Yeah he was just exactly the right amount of mad given the situation. The only lesson here is you are a moron. Please dont have any kids.

      1. Danisabich says:

        Dan is the parent of the dead ones. No surprise. Moron raising morons. Play a game, pay the price.

      2. tgrlily says:

        They just didn’t ring the bell, they did this to harass and bully someone. This guy that rammed them with his car and killed the 3 boys was so wrong in doing this, but don’t upset the bee’s nest, they asked for trouble and they got it.

    2. nancy says:

      the article does not say the parents knew that there were six boys in the vehicle with only five seat belts. the boys were being teenagers, celebrating a birthday. at times, teens do stupid stuff they end up regretting later. Justin-are you trying to say you NEVER did stupid stuff you later regretted?? but in this case, Justin, those teens were not given that chance to regret their stupid stuff, were they?? NO! they were MURDERED by an angry adult!!

  5. Richard Arnold says:

    The only thing dumber than the prank these boys played are the imbecilic comments left by the low brow, uneducated J.A.

  6. Charlie says:

    it doesnt matter what these kids did, the man caused their deaths for ding dong ditch? some of you are just plain disgusting.

  7. nom says:

    Some of you were never children.

    1. Danisabich says:

      Excuses, excuses. Own up to poor life choices.

    2. Danisabich says:

      Messed with the wrong person. Eventually your luck runs out kiddies.

  8. WhiteRabbitRadio says:

    It is the teens fault for realizing that murder is the traditional way Indians deal with prank.

    As oppressive white people we must learn to respect and tolerate the cultural norms of our replacements. It is hate crime not to respect diversity as we become minority in Western nations.

  9. nick says:

    easily remedied… supervise your teenagers… instead of playing ding dong ditch with your neighbors, they could have been helping at the local homeless shelter and they’d be alive today. physics…For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. hope that the younger brothers learned from the misfortune and do all of us a public service and speak to teenagers of their bad decisions and it’s outcome. Maybe it’ll help prevent similar tragedies.

  10. cody says:

    Rest in peace Drake, Daniel and Jacob. Gone too soon. Love you bros. May this man rot in hell and get raped in prison day after day.

    1. tgrlily says:

      If these kids didn’t bully and harass this man, none of this would have happened, get it?

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