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Irvine Car Crash Kills 5 Teens, but No-License Driver Survives

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 11:43 AM

A weekend car crash in California killed five teenagers, but the driver of the vehicle survived and was listed in serious but stable condition after undergoing brain surgery. He reportedly didn't have a driver's license.

The accident happened on Interstate 5 in Irvine about 2:15 a.m. Saturday when the group was returning home from Knott's Scary Farm, a Halloween-themed attraction at the popular Knott Berry Farm amusement park in Buena Park, according to KABC-TV.

Orange County fire officials told the television station that the vehicle drifted off the road for an unknown reason and struck a guardrail.

Fire officials said the vehicle, a 1995 BMW sedan, crashed and caused a brush fire. The vehicle eventually stopped on top of a 20-foot barrier on the side of the freeway.

"It would be speculation to state what caused the crash at this time, but it appears that speed was a factor," Officer Florentino Olivera, a spokesman with the California Highway Patrol, told the Orange County Register, noting that at least three of the passengers were not wearing seat belts.

Emergency officials told KCAL-TV that the vehicle was engulfed in flames after the crash and was so mangled that they could not tell how many people were actually in the vehicle.

"It wasn't until this morning, when the coroner arrived, and then our truck company was able to extricate one body at a time … that we realized there were actually five in the vehicle," said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

KCAL-TV identified the two girls in vehicle as Jenny Campos and Jennifer Bahena, both students at Laguna Hills High School who played on the school's water polo team. The three boys were identified as Alex Sotelo, Matthew Melo and Brandon Moreno, students at Capo Valley High School.

Bradley Morales, 16, the driver of the vehicle and lone survivor of the accident, is listed in serious but stable condition at Mission Hospital, according to KCAL-TV. The television station said Morales did not have a driver's license.

"Following neurosurgery, (Moreno) was placed in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit," according to a statement released by the hospital, noted KCAL-TV. "He is recovering from a large skull fracture and an epidural hematoma (collection of blood outside the brain)."

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