Update 5:42 p.m.: Following tragedy, 2 Irvine schools to receive extra counselors
Irvine Unified School officials announced Tuesday they'll deploy extra counselors to to the two schools affected by the teens who died in a grisly car crash in Newport Beach on Memorial Day.
Four of the victims were students at Irvine High School. Another was a senior at University High, also in Irvine.
Spokesman Ian Hanigan said the school district has experienced student tragedy in the past, but never at this magnitude.
"When you lose a student, it's about the most devastating thing that a campus and a community can go through," Hanigan said. "And you know… to magnify that times five, it's just, you know, I think there'll be a lot of heavy hearts in the days and weeks to come ahead, and the ripple effect is just enormous."
Hanigan says there's no word yet when memorial ceremonies will be held at the two campuses.
Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe told KPCC she believes speed was a factor in the incident.
"We believe speed was a contributing factor in the accident, and we are looking into any other factors that may have caused this vehicle to leave the roadway and strike a tree in the center median."
Lowe said investigators are still trying to determine how fast the car was going.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department says the coroner plans to perform autopsies on the victims on Thursday.
Update 3:30 p.m.: Victims ID'd
Coroner's officials say five people killed in a fiery California crash that split a car in half were teenage high school students, including two sisters.
Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said Tuesday the teens were students in the Irvine Unified School District.
The names of the three girls and two boys were released a day after they were killed in the single-car accident in Newport Beach.
The driver was identified as 17-year-old Abdulrahman Alyahyan, a senior at University High School.
The passengers included 17-year-old Robin Cabrera, a senior at Irvine High School, and her 16-year-old sister Aurora, a sophomore at the same school. Also killed were Cecilia Zamora and Nozad Al Hamawendi, both 17-year-old juniors at Irvine High School.
Police say speed was a factor.
Update 9:10 a.m.: 5 die in fiery crash
Authorities say five people killed in a fiery Southern California crash that split a car in half were teenagers from the Irvine area.
Sheriff’s officials tell the Orange County Register the names of the teens killed in the Newport Beach wreck were expected to be released Tuesday.
Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says the Infiniti sedan they were in veered off a road Monday evening and hit a tree. The vehicle split in half and caught fire.
Lowe says four people were ejected from the car and died immediately. A fifth was partially ejected and was later declared dead at a hospital.
The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear.
No other vehicles were involved.