Student killed, 4 others injured during crash near high school in Placentia

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – A teenager is dead and four others were injured during a two-vehicle collision in Placentia.

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Yorba Linda Blvd. and Valencia Ave. in Placentia Tuesday around 8:17 a.m. for reports of a major traffic collision.

When officers arrived, they found the driver of one of the cars, a male juvenile, trapped inside. He had sustained major injuries. 

His passenger, also identified as a male juvenile, was able to exit from the car on his own and was located nearby, Placentia Police said in a statement. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Police said the other vehicle involved was driven by a 39-year-old woman. She also had two kids in the car with her. They were all taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The teen driver was taken to the hospital where he later died. 

The exact ages of all the victims have not been released, but according to Sgt. Joe Connell of the Placentia Police Department, the teen driver was an 11th grade student at El Dorado High School.

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District officials confirmed the boy who died was a student at El Dorado High.

“Our entire school district is overwhelmed with grief beyond words,” Superintendent Alex Cherniss said in a statement. “During this incredibly challenging time, we ask for your compassion in respecting the privacy of our student’s loved ones, and to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

Additional support staff and counselors were sent to the El Dorado campus and other schools following the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown. 

Anyone with information on the collision is encouraged to call the Placentia Police Traffic Bureau at (714) 993-8157.

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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.