Students Mourn Classmates Who Died in Crash

By Jason Kandel and Jacob Rascon
|  Monday, Sep 30, 2013  |  Updated 1:18 PM PDT
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    Grief counselors were on hand Monday at two high schools for those affected by the weekend deaths of five former students who perished in a fiery solo car crash as family and friends mourned.

    The crash happened about 4:20 a.m. Saturday when a speeding Nissan sedan with six occupants went out of control on a curving freeway underpass, hit a cement pillar and burst into flames, authorities said.

    The only survivor, Savannah Underwood, who escaped with a broken leg, has been tweeting since being hospitalized. She said she is emotionally and physically broken.

    “I survived for a reason last night, & am determined to figure out why, stay strong everyone <3,” she tweeted. “I just want to wake up from this nightmare.”

    Friends gathered at a memorial at the scene of the crash to remember the five who died. They were identified by family and friends as Stephen Stoll, Sebastian Forero, Sameer Nevarez, Malak Hariri and Sugey Cuevas. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has yet to officially identify them.

    "I can't believe this just happened," said Jamie Salmero, through sobs. "... it feels so empty without them here."

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