High school in Pasadena mourns classmates killed in high-speed crash into building

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Grieving students returned to a Pasadena high school Monday just days after classmates were killed in a high-speed crash into a building.

The crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Sierra Madre on Foothill Boulevard and Vista Street. According to Pasadena Police, the Tesla with six passengers ran a red light at high speed before hitting a curb and slamming into the building.

Three occupants were killed when they were ejected from the car. Three others were injured. The victims are ages 17 to 22, according to authorities.

Some of the victims were students at Maranatha High School, according to school officials. Counselors will be at the school Monday to assist grieving students.

Maranatha High School expressed sadness and called for prayers for those affected.

“We mourn this immense loss… During this difficult time, we turn to our faith in Christ Jesus for comfort and strength and ask others to join us in praying for all who are suffering due to this tragedy.”

Family members identified one of the victims who died as 20-year-old Stefan Pfeiffer, a student at Pasadena Community College.

The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. near Sierra Madre on Foothill Boulevard and Vista Street. Some of those involved were students at Maranatha High School, according to officials. Anastassia Olmos reports for the NBC4 News on May 11, 2024.

Lt. Anthony Russo of the Pasadena Police provided details of the crash, highlighting the extensive damage that cause power outages in the area. He said the car also took down power lines and came to rest about 100 feet from the site of the initial crash.

Utility workers restored power in the area.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.