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Family Mourns 14-Year-Old Student Killed in Rollover Crash

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    School Community Mourns Classmate Killed in Crash

    Schoolmates and family are mourning the death of a 14-year-old killed in a rollover crash in Whittier. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on April 27, 2016. (Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016)

    A 19-year-old motorist remains in jail Wednesday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving after he allegedly lost control of his SUV, resulting in a single-vehicle rollover crash that killed a 14-year-old girl and injured four others near La Serna High School in Whittier.

    Daniel Vasquez of Whittier is being held at the Whittier jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. No arraignment date has been set.

    The SUV, with Vasquez and five others on board, crashed around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 8400 block of Villaverde Drive, according to Whittier police Officer John Scoggins.

    Vasquez was speeding southbound on Villaverde Drive from Mar Vista Street when he lost control of the SUV, veered onto the sidewalk, struck a large brick mailbox, and the vehicle rolled over, coming to rest on its roof, the Whittier Police Department reported.

    19-Year-Old Driver Arrested in Rollover Crash That Killed Student

    [LA] 19-Year-Old Driver Arrested in Rollover Crash That Killed Student
    A 19-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI and manslaughter after a 14-year-old student just shy of her 15th birthday was killed in a rollover crash in Whittier. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
    (Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016)

    Ivette Macias, a student at La Serna High School, died in the crash, according to Lt. Larry Dietz of the coroner's office and Loring Davies, assistant superintendent of educational services for the Whittier Union High School District.

    The other three females and two males in the vehicle were seriously injured.

    "The district is working with the Whittier Police Department to determine the details surrounding the accident," Davies said. "Given the gravity of the situation, students have been allowed to respond to texts/calls from parents to confirm that they are safe. The district will work with LSHS to ensure counselors are available to all students and staff through the week."

    Two of the injured people were airlifted to hospitals in critical condition. The other three were taken by ambulances. Jay Lee, who said he was plying golf nearby, said he heard the crash and ran to the scene.

    "I looked out and then I just saw, well, a car just flipped over," he said. "And I heard a young girl, she was screaming pretty badly ... her friends weren't waking up so she was very scared, I guess. And there was actually a lot of blood."

    Lee said he saw a lot of beer cans around the crash site.

    Student Killed, Four Hurt in Whittier Crash

    [LA] Student Killed, Four Hurt in Whittier Crash
    A female La Serna High School student was killed and four others were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash near the Whittier campus. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
    (Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016)

    A GoFundMe set up by friends of the father of Ivette Macias raised $5,000 of a $10,000 goal by Wednesday. It can be found here.

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