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5 Teens Killed in Newport Beach Crash

newport-crash-picFive teenagers, all high school students from Irvine, were killed in a violent solo-vehicle crash in Newport Beach on Memorial Day.

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IRVINE, Calif. (KTLA) — A toxicology report showed no sign of drugs or alcohol in the system of the driver in a Memorial Day crash that killed five Irvine teenagers.

Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, was  sober when he lost control of his 2008 Infiniti sedan, according to the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

It appeared that Alyahyan was driving down Jamboree Road at a very high rate of speed when he hit the center divider and slammed into a tree, police said.

The car hit the tree with such force that it split in half and caught fire, according to Kathy Lowe, of the Newport Beach Police Department.

Four people were ejected from the car and died immediately, Lowe said.

Another person who ended up in the back half of the car died at the hospital.

The passengers were identified as Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17, Cecilia D. Zamora, 17, and sisters Aurora C. Cabrera, 16, and Robin A. Cabrera, 17.

IRVINE, Calif. (KTLA) — The 17-year-old driver of a car that slammed into a tree in Dana Point, killing himself and four friends, did not have a valid license, according to DMV records.

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An application was pending, but 17-year-old Abdul Alyahyan did not have a valid driver’s license.

Abdul Alyahyan had an application pending, but a license had not been issued, the records indicated.

They also showed that the University High School student was cited in April for improperly modifying his car’s exhaust system and for windows that were tinted too dark.

The crash happened at 5:18 p.m. on Monday near the intersection of Jamboree Road and Island Lagoon Drive.

It appeared that Alyahyan was driving down Jamboree Road at a very high rate of speed when he lost control of his Infiniti sedan, police said.

The car hit a tree with such force that it split in half and caught fire.

Four people were ejected from the car and died immediately. A fifth died at an area hospital.

The passengers, all students at Irvine High School, were identified as Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17, Cecilia D. Zamora, 17, and sisters Aurora C. Cabrera, 16, and Robin A. Cabrera, 17.

And there might have been a sixth victim in the car, if not for a last minute change of plans.

“The one thing that I didn’t like saved my life — math,” 17-year-old Tamer Mosallam told KTLA.

Mosallam’s father made him stay home to study math on Monday night, preventing him from taking a cruise to the beach to catch the sunset with the group of teenagers.

The setup was supposed to be three boys and three girls, according to Mosallam. The group waited almost an hour for him, but he did not end up joining them.

Mosallam, who was best friends with Alyahyan, said he was texting his friend but got no reply.

He thought Alyahyan was just mad at him, until he saw the news and recognized his friend’s distinctive, suped-up car.

“I’m looking at life differently now,” Mosallam said. “I don’t know how I’m supposed to take it, but I’ve never felt anything like this before.”

“When you’re young, you feel invincible… that you can handle whatever you’re doing,” his brother, Dean Mosallam said. “The thing is we’re young — we’re teenagers. We’re not adults yet.”

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — A teenager, whose father forced him to stay home and study for a test, avoided a crash that killed five of his friends.

Chris Wolfe has more.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/28/serveral-hurt-in-newport-beach-car-wreck/#ixzz2Ud8BTaMh

IRVINE, Calif. (KTLA) — Students at two local high schools on Wednesday were mourning the death of five teens who were killed in a crash in Newport Beach on Memorial Day.

The coroner’s office released the names of the victims on Tuesday. Two of the victims were sisters.

kids-irvine-crashThe driver of the car was 17-year-old Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, a senior at University High School.

The passengers, all students at Irvine High School, were identified as Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17, Cecilia D. Zamora, 17, and sisters Aurora C. Cabrera, 16, and Robin A. Cabrera, 17.

The crash happened at 5:18 p.m. on Monday near the intersection of Jamboree Road and Island Lagoon Drive.

It appeared that Alyahyan was driving down Jamboree Road at a very high rate of speed when he lost control of his Infiniti sedan, police said.

The car slammed into a tree with such force that it split in half and caught fire, according to Kathy Lowe, of the Newport Beach Police Department.

Four people were ejected from the car and died immediately, Lowe said.

Another person who ended up in the back half of the car died at the hospital.

There was a growing memorial at Irvine High School for the teens, and grief counselors were expected to be at both schools on Wednesday.

“They were amazing kids,” friend Clarissa Valencia said. “They had a big heart and always knew how to smile.”

“Our parents always tell us not to speed, and they always tell us that this stuff might happen,” another student said.

“We never actually thought it could happen, and we turned out to be wrong,” he said.

Students at two local high schools on Wednesday were mourning the death of five teens who were killed in a crash in Newport Beach on Memorial Day.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/29/serveral-hurt-in-newport-beach-car-wreck/#ixzz2UhPDyYvZ

The investigation continued on Tuesday into a fiery car crash in Newport Beach on Memorial Day that left five teenagers dead.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/28/serveral-hurt-in-newport-beach-car-wreck/#ixzz2Ud8BTaMh

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