GILROY, Calif. (AP) — Four people, including three teenagers, died when the driver of the car they were in veered off a road in Northern California, hit a drainage ditch and flipped over, authorities said.
The driver, 23-year-old Anthony Imbronone III, was arrested at the scene of Tuesday night’s crash in Gilroy, but then released to the hospital, said California Highway Patrol Officer Herb Kellogg. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
He suffered major injuries but was expected to survive.
The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. at an area where the road turns to the right. Gilroy is about 30 miles south of San Jose.
The car hit a concrete drainage ditch before flipping over and going down an embankment.
Rescuers had to cut the car’s roof off, Kellogg said. The four passengers, three 18-year-old women and a 24-year-old man, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Kellogg said investigators were looking into where they were coming from and how they knew one another.
The teens were identified as Sara Jean Williams, Yesenia Mendoza Pina and Yolanda Jimenez, according to Gilroy school district officials. Williams was a senior at Christopher High School. The other two were students at Mount Madonna High School. The 24-year-old man was not immediately identified, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Three of the passengers and the driver were wearing seat belts, KTVU-TV reported.
California Highway Patrol Officer Justin Maier told the station that didn’t help in this case because the roof was smashed as the car flipped over.
“It crushed the roof down on the rest of the people inside,” he said.
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