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Temescal Valley, CA – Daniel Hawkins, Jacob Ivascu, and Drake Ruiz Identified by Family and Friends as Victims Killed in Crash

Posted on January 21, 2020 | Written By: iadminlaw

Teenaged Boys Identified by Family and Friends as Victims Killed in Temescal Valley Crash

TEMESCAL VALLEY, CA (January 21, 2020) –  Daniel Hawkins, Jacob Ivascu, and Drake Ruiz were identified by family and friends as the three teenaged boys who were killed in a crash in Temescal Valley. The victims of the January 19 incident have not been officially identified by authorities.

The Sunday night crash also injured three other people, two of whom were juvenile boys, and an 18-year-old man who was driving. The three surviving victims have not been identified.

Reports say the six occupants of the vehicle—described as a Toyota Prius—had been traveling on Temescal Canyon Road close to Trilogy Parkway in an area between Lake Elsinore and Corona when another vehicle is alleged to have intentionally rammed them. The Toyota went off the road and smashed into a tree. The time of the incident was roughly a little after 10:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

When responders arrived, they found that three of the victims were trapped in the wreckage. Three others had exited the vehicle.  According to Juan Quintero, who is an officer with the California Highway Patrol, one victim was pronounced deceased at the incident site. Responders transported five people to hospitals in the area.

Two of the victims died in the hospital. The victims who died were identified by family and friends as Drake Ruiz, 16 years old; Daniel Hawkins, 16 years old; and Jacob Ivascu, 16 years old.

According to reports, the Toyota had been southbound when another vehicle struck it. Reports say people who witnessed the incident followed the other driver, who did not remain at the crash site, to a house in the area. Witnesses gave the information to authorities, the California Highway Patrol said.

The driver of the second vehicle—described as an Infiniti Q50—was arrested. He was identified as Anurag Chandra, 42 years old and a resident of Corona. He was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Investigators are continuing efforts to understand the crash by collecting details, information, and evidence. If anyone has information about the incident, the person can contact the California Highway Patrol. The number is 951-637-8000.

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