Three teens were killed in a horrific single-vehicle crash that happened on Christmas night in Pleasanton.
CBS Local in San Francisco reports that excessive speed may be what caused the tragic accident that killed two twin brothers and one other teenaged boy.
Authorities report that there was a total of five teens in the car when the driver lost control and crashed into a large tree just before 10:00 p.m.
The force of the impact ejected the two surviving teens from the vehicle, leaving the three teens who died trapped inside.
Residents Sharon and Steve Tangney were at home opening Christmas gifts when the crash happened behind their house. Sharon Tangney said the impact was loud enough to shake the house.
“The car was pinned up against the tree, roof first,” Sharon’s husband, Steve Tangney, told reporters. “It was on its side, roof first. More or less, bent as a C-shape around the tree, with the underside of the car being what you could see.”
Tearfully Steve Tagney added that it would be tough on the families involved and it was even tough for him to think about how Christmas would never be the same if he were in a similar situation.
The victims have been identified as Dublin High School students, twin brothers, Marc and Michael Urista, both 16 years of age, and Javier Ramirez.
A cousin of the Urista twins and a teenaged girl both survived the crash with significant injuries and both are listed in critical condition.
The California Highway Patrol has determined that impairment was not a factor in the crash, but they suspect that excessive speed may have caused the accident.
This is not the first time a fatal crash has happened on Foothill Road. Long-time resident, Tom Coleman told CBS that shortly after he moved to the area 25 years ago, two teens were killed. There has been a total of 8 or 9 deaths along the dark country road over the years. Coleman hopes that with this latest tragedy, improvements can be made to make Foothill Road safer for residents and motorists.