5 teens killed in fiery Newport Beach crash

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The five people killed in a fiery Memorial Day car crash in Newport Beach were teenagers from Irvine, authorities said Tuesday morning.

newport-crashOrange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said officials were using fingerprints to identify the three girls and two boys killed in the crash. He said the majority of the victims appeared to be high school-aged.

Ian Hanigan, a spokesman for the Irvine Unified School District, said Irvine high school students had the day off Tuesday for a staff development day and that the district had no confirmation that any of the victims attended school in Irvine.

Authorities are still investigating the single-car crash, which Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe called thecity’s worst “in recent memory.”

She said the car, an Infiniti, had been heading south on Jamboree Road in the direction of Pacific Coast Highway when it veered off the road and into the center divider. It struck a tree, ripped apart and burst into flames.

Four people were ejected from the vehicle, and another passenger was partially ejected, police said. Four of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene; Lowe said the other was taken to a Mission Viejo hospital but could not be resuscitated.

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