'Worst Solo Car Crash in Memory' Kills 5 Calif. Teens

Scene so horrific responders thought 2 cars were involved

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2013 8:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – A fiery car wreck on Memorial Day has left five California teens, including two sisters, dead and the city of Newport Beach in shock over what authorities say is the worst solo crash in memory, reports the LA Times. Police say a 17-year-old student was speeding when he swerved off the road, hitting a tree. The car split into two and burst into flames, scattering bodies across the pavement. "When we arrived, we found what we thought were two vehicles," says a fire captain who responded. "One was on fire." Several bodies had to be identified through fingerprints.

"There are simply no words to convey the sorrow felt by our students and staff, nor are there answers sufficient to explain why five vibrant teenagers who were with us on Friday are gone today," says the local school district superintendent. A schoolmate of driver Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan said he "loved cars. He took care of his car as if it was a human being," the AP reports. The Times adds that someone of the same name was cited last month for improperly modifying a car exhaust system and violating his provisional driver's license, but police would not confirm if it was the same person.

Cars drive past the scene of the fiery car crash that killed five.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Bruce Chambers)
Cars drive past the scene of a fiery car crash that killed five, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Newport Beach, Calif.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Bruce Chambers)
Skid marks show the path of an Infiniti that left the roadway Monday, in Newport Beach, Calif.,Tuesday, May 28, 2013, killing five.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Bruce Chambers)
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