Driver Arrested on Suspicion of DUI in Whittier Crash That Killed 14-Year-Old, Seriously Injured Others

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The driver of an SUV involved in a crash that killed a Whittier high school student and injured four others was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of drunken driving and manslaughter, police said.

Authorities respond to a crash in the 8400 block of Viaverde Drive in Whittier on April 26, 2016. (Credit: Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Authorities respond to a crash in the 8400 block of Viaverde Drive in Whittier on April 26, 2016. (Credit: Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

The crash occurred in the 8000 block of Villaverde Drive — a little over a block from La Serna High School — about 11:30 a.m., according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver, identified as 19-year-old Daniel Vasquez, lost control, according to a post on the Whittier Police Department's Facebook page.

The SUV veered onto the sidewalk, striking a large brick mailbox and then rolled over, coming to rest on its roof, the post stated.

Ivette Macias, 14, is seen in a photograph posted on her Facebook page.

Ivette Macias, 14, is seen in a photograph posted on her Facebook page.

One of the occupants, identified by the coroner's office as 14-year-old Ivette Macias, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Five other people were transported to the hospital, including Vasquez.

Two were airlifted to a trauma center in critical condition and two were transported via ambulance in unknown condition, police said.

Vasquez was also taken to a nearby hospital where he was arrested immediately following his release, according to the post.

Flowers and candles mark the spot where 14-year-old Ivette Macias died in a crash on a street in Whittier on April 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Flowers and candles mark the spot where 14-year-old Ivette Macias died in a crash on a street in Whittier on April 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

He was then transported to jail and booked on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter, police stated.

An assistant superintendent with the Whittier Union High School District said one student was killed and four were injured.

"It is with great sadness that I let you all know that there was a car crash outside the La Serna campus this morning involving an adult driver and five LSHS students,” assistant superintendent Loring Davies said in a statement on the school’s website.

Davies asked students to respond to calls or texts from their parents to confirm their safety.

Daniel Vasquez is shown in a booking photo released by Whittier police on April 27, 2016.

Daniel Vasquez is shown in a booking photo released by Whittier police on April 27, 2016.

A witness who heard the crash told the Whittier Daily News it sounded like the SUV was going “awfully fast.”

The man said he was first on scene, and saw beer cans outside the overturned vehicle.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled the victim's last name. The post has been updated.