Families mourn three teenagers killing in California by car crash

PASADENA (CBSLA) – According to the reports, three teenage boys were killed in a car crash due to over speeding in Pasadena, California.

“My little grandson, he was like a son to me, you know? My baby,” said Betty Maciel, grandmother of Nicholas Torres, one of the victims.

Highway Patrol authorities stated that a 17-year-old boy was behind the wheels of a Honda 2005 heading south on Michillinda Avenue where two of his fellow teens Torres and Eric 17 and 16 years of age respectively were in the passenger’s seat.

Families of the deceased teenagers mentioned that the boys were friends from a year ago.

“My nephew had just met them because he had [gone] to school with them recently,” said Torres’ uncle Jacob Munoz

On Sunday evening about 8:25 p.m., Police reported that a person was driving towards Michillinda Avenue on the south of Foothill Boulevard and he lost his control on the wheels when the vehicle struck a fence, collided, and rolled over on the embankment.

At this point, police and traffic authorities are not sure whether the reason behind the crash was actually over speeding or the boys were under the influence of any illegal substance.

According to CHP, Eric and Bae, both teenagers who belonged to Temple City lost their breath just after the crash. Torres, who came to meet his friends from Monterey Park, died later in the hospital bed. Maciel reached the hospital but arrived when Torres was no more.

 “My son Jacob called me and he told me that my grandson got into a bad accident,” she said. “I called his mother right away and she went right out there to the scene.”

Friends and family gathered together to mourn the loss and organized a memorial with candles and flowers to tribute to the deceased by writing on the walls where the collision happened. Torres would have been passing from graduate school later this month if he hadn’t met his death.

“He was a really good kid,” said Joel de la Torre, the teen’s stepdad. “I just want to be here for my wife and the rest of my kids. That’s all I could do.”

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