A California teen who chose to stay home and study missed a Memorial Day trip to the beach in which his five friends were killed in a fiery car crash.
Tamer Mosallam, 17, was supposed to get picked up by the carload of teens but his father wanted him to stay home Monday and study for a test. He had no idea his friends were soon to be involved in a horrific car accident in Newport Beach that would claim all of their lives.
"I was supposed to be with them in the car,
that's why there were three girls," Mosallam told KABC, explaining that he was to have been the third boy for a three-way double date. "They came to my house but my dad wouldn't let me go out because I was studying for a test."
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Mosallam's friends were travelling southbound on a Newport Beach street when their car veered off the road and slammed into a tree. The impact was so severe that it severed the vehicle and started a fire.
Four of the victims died at the scene. The fifth reportedly died after being transported to a hospital.
The teens have been identified as Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, a senior at University High School; Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17, a junior at Irvine High School; Cecilia D. Zamora 17, a junior at Irvine High; Aurora Christine Cabrera, 16, a sophomore at Irvine High; and Robin Cabrera, 17, a senior at Irvine High.
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"There are simply no words to convey the sorrow felt by our students and staff, nor are there sufficient answers to explain the loss of five vibrant teenagers from our schools and this community," Irvine Unified School District Superintendent Terry Walker said in a statement.
The crash, which authorities have called the deadliest in recent Newport Beach history, is under investigation.
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