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Victims Identified In Newport Beach Crash, Car Split In Half

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(AP) Coroner's officials say five people killed in a fiery California crash that split a car in half were teenage high school students, including two sisters.

Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said Tuesday the teens were students in the Irvine Unified School District.

The names of the three girls and two boys were released a day after they were killed in the single-car accident in Newport Beach.

The driver was identified as 17-year-old Abdulrahman Alyahyan, a senior at University High School.

The passengers included 17-year-old Robin Cabrera, a senior at Irvine High School, and her 16-year-old sister Aurora, a sophomore at the same school. Also killed were Cecilia Zamora and Nozad Al Hamawendi, both 17-year-old juniors at Irvine High School.

Newport Beach Police say the car ran off an Orange County street, hit a tree and split into two pieces. The Infiniti sedan veered off Jamboree Road at about 5:20 p.m. Monday and hit the tree, splitting in half then catching fire. Four people were ejected from the car and died immediately. A fifth was partially ejected and was later declared dead at a hospital.

Police say speed was a factor in the accident.

 

From Christina Gonzalez:

"I can't process it.." Students at irvine high school reacting, as they find out that four of the five teens killed in a one car accident in Newport Beach were fellow students.

Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17

Also 17, Cecilia Zamora..

And siblings, robin, 17 and her 16 year old sister, Aurora..who happened to be on the phone with friends they were meeting at Huntington Beach..

"She was laughing, and suddenly the line went dead!...we tried to call back, but they never picked up!"

The driver,17 year old Abdul Alyahyan, was the only one attending a different school, University High. He'd recently gotten a license....but it's listed as a temporary one. The provisional license he should have been driving with, would have forbidden him to drive with passengers under 20, until he'd been driving a year,or turned 18...which sadly, he never will.

Huntington Beach investigators are still investigating, but say speed was definitely a factor.

"Makes you think twice about how you drive" said one student, her friend adding, " now I know why my dad gets mad if I have friends in the car when I am driving

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