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UPDATE: 5 Teens Killed in Crash on Jamboree

An Infiniti slammed into a tree, split in half and caught fire in Newport Beach on Monday evening. The victims were all from Irvine.

The crash was on Jamboree Road in Newport Beach. (Photo credit Susan Hoffman)
The crash was on Jamboree Road in Newport Beach. (Photo credit Susan Hoffman)
Editor's note: This story was originally published on Monday, May 27 at 7:05 p.m.

Five teens were killed Monday evening when a car hit a tree, split in half and caught fire in Newport Beach, officials said.

The single-vehicle crash was reported at 5:22 p.m. on Jamboree Road near Island Lagoon Drive. Police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said the car, described as an Infiniti, veered off the road and hit a tree in the center divider.  Lowe said speed was a factor in the crash.

"Upon impact, the car split in half and one half caught on fire," Lowe said. "The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision. However determining the exact speed of the vehicle will be part of our investigation."

According to Lowe, four people were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth teen was partially ejected, taken to a local trauma center and later pronounced dead.

"It's a very tragic accident," Lowe said.

The victims -- three girls and two boys -- were from Irvine, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Gail Krause said Tuesday. Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said all victims have been identified, except for one who was badly burned. Authorities were using fingerprint records to try and identify the victim.

The ages and names will probably be released later Tuesday once all the identities have been confirmed, Krause said.

Jamboree reopened early Tuesday following a closure of more than 10 hours.

-City News Service contributed to this report.







David Huntsman May 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM
How did Newport Beach get stuck with 55 and 60MPH speed limits on surface streets? I know people will die in 35MPH accidents, but not so many...and not like this.
Vic May 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Total losers....driving too fast and probably under the influence. Let this be a reminder that parents should parent and not be "friends"
rita May 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM
God comfort the parents , family , and friends of these precious children .
El Toro Resident May 28, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Gee Wiz! God help the people Assuming something before hand. There are FIVE families out here that just lost there children, regardless of the circumstances to assume something before you know the facts is very unfair.
David May 28, 2013 at 08:30 PM
There is nothing to "assume" here. It's all fact. The speed limit was 55. They may have been doing up to double that. The car split in half and caught on fire. None of them were wearing seatbelts. A teen driver is only legally supposed to drive with a 21+ licensed driver I believe. This result is tragic, but it should not be surprising at all. Next will be the lawsuits, of the victims against the family of the driver. 100% Guaranteed. Lawyers are probably lining up.
El Toro Resident May 28, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Dude, I beg to differ. My comment was made 7 hours ago and I'm referring to a comment made by another about DUI. No one knows that yet. Until that is determined one should judgement. However, yes you are correct about the speed factor and the fact these kids where driving 21 and under.
Rennie Williams Moser May 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM
To everyone insulting to people who died here, yes, it was clear that they didn't have seat belts and should not have been driving. It may have been their fault. But commenting on a news article where their friends and families can see it, making them feel more pain, isn't right. Robin Cabrera, her sister, and her friends were beautiful people that had bright futures ahead of them. And they will be missed by many, myself included
Vic June 12, 2013 at 07:06 PM
No one cares that these kids died and none of them had bright futures. Let's stop kidding ourselves here.
Vic June 12, 2013 at 07:09 PM
And...by the looks of the Cabrera sisters Facebook and Instagram photo's the only future they looked forward to was to one as strippers and amateur porn stars.
Vic Sucks June 18, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I got a login just so I could specifically flag Vic's comments as inappropriate. Show some respect and have some compassion for the families and friends mourning. and don't go stereotyping the deceased.
Vic June 19, 2013 at 01:16 PM
@Vic Sucks...what a child you are. These people deserve no compassion...could have killed many innocent people. We should all be thankful the driver can't drive down Jamboree at 110 mph anymore....saving countless pedestrians and other drivers.

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