A brother and sister have been killed and two other Banning high school students injured in a high-speed crash in Wilmington on Thursday afternoon. Los Angeles Police Officers investigating the crash believe the car may have been racing. The incident occurred just after 3:00 p.m. on West Pacific Coast Highway.
The students were in a Honda Civic traveling westbound in an eastbound lane when it crashed head-on into a van. Witnesses say there was a pick-up truck also driving against traffic. That vehicle fled the scene. Officers are trying to identify the driver in order to get more information about the car accident.
The driver of the van and the two injured students were transported to nearby hospitals. One of the teenagers underwent surgery. The siblings were declared dead at the scene.
Tragically, auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. Reckless and distracted driving are even more dangerous when combined with inexperience behind the wheel. Teens and young adults often believe they are invincible, which can lead to deliberate risk-taking or thrill-seeking. This accident is an example of a preventable tragedy. Reckless behavior can endanger everyone in the vicinity.
Our thoughts are with all of the victims of the crash and their families and friends.
If you have teenagers at home, speak to them about being cautious and respectful drivers. Good practice behind the wheel will keep them, their friends, and everyone else a little safer on the road.