Every parent worries about their child, especially when they reach young adulthood. Because of their inexperience and tendency to try dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, teen drivers have a higher risk of getting into an accident. A crash can be a parent’s worst nightmare, especially if it leaves their child seriously injured or worse.
The VC Star reports that two teenagers from Oxnard were killed when their vehicle went over the side of the road as they were driving through Malibu Canyon near Calabasas.
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In a statement, the California Highway Patrol, the agency received a call at approximately 2:28 p.m. that the teenagers who were traveling in a Mazda Miata were last seen hours before heading northbound down Stunt Road from Schueren Road.
Aided by a CHP helicopter unit, patrol arrived at the scene and determined that the vehicle had gone over the side of the mountain.
Scaling down to where the vehicle landed, paramedics from Los Angeles County Fire and Rescue determined the passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Adrian Salinas of Oxnard, dead at the scene.
The driver, 17-year-old Bernard MaKoule, was airlifted from the crash scene and taken to UCLA Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. MaKoule later died at the hospital as the result of the injuries he suffered in the crash.
CHP investigators determined that the vehicle had been heading northbound when it went through a curve in the road, into the southbound lanes, and off the road before continuing down the steep mountainside where it came to rest on the vehicle’s roof.
Both victims were alumni of ACE Charter School in Camarillo.
The CHP’s West Valley Office is continuing to investigate the cause of the accident.