Report: Teen in Prom Crash Dies

Cole Chamberlain, a 17-year-old senior at Creekside High, a continuation school in Murrieta, has succumbed to injuries suffered in the May 5 crash, according to a news report.

A Murrieta student involved in a traffic crash the night of Vista Murrieta High School's prom has died, according to a news report.

Cole Chamberlain, a 17-year-old senior at in Murrieta succumbed to his injuries today, The Press-Enterprise reported.

He had been in critical condition which occurred as four teenagers were on their way home from the school's prom—the newspaper reported—that was held in Yorba Linda.

Late last week, a spokesperson for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, Karen Parris, told Patch she could not provide information on Chamberlain's condition because the family had asked for privacy.

According to the initial Riverside County Sheriff's report, three minors had suffered injuries in the May 5 single-vehicle crash that occurred at 11:51 p.m. on Garbani Road in Menifee. The report stated a boy and a girl who were not wearing seat belts were ejected from the Chevrolet pickup driven by 19-year-old William Johnson of Menifee.

The two remaining passengers suffered non-fatal injuries.

Johnson was not injured, authorities said.

The names of the minors involved in the crash were not released by the sheriff's department.

Chamberlain died early Monday at Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar, the newspaper reported.

dawn smith May 15, 2012 at 06:13 AM
OMG, OMG, Cole you will be always be in my heart and prayers, I watched you grow up. This is the hardest thing for me to hear that you passed away. RIP Cole the Smith family will alwayd love you.
savedbygrace May 15, 2012 at 07:24 AM
R.I.P. Cole.although we never met my heart goes out to your family,I went to junior High,with your Mom and Uncle,and was so sad to hear what happen,you are all in my prayers.sorry for your loss..
Kim DeRoest May 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I am SO sorry for the family Cole leaves behind. My son was best friends with Cole in middle school, and he is devastated. I can only imagine what Cole's family is going through. My prayers for God's comfort go out to Cole's family to get through this difficult time.
Chris Deknatel May 15, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Pastor Chris...I was the Pd Chaplain. I do not have your contact info. Could you call Promise Ch. I love to talk to you!
Mahrenholz Family May 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Our deepest sympathy to the Chamberlain family. You are in our prayers.
Brenda May 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Such a horrible sad story. Rip young man and there are no words to make anyone feel better at this time. May God carry his family and friends through this time and give them the strength to get through each day as the pain slowly lessens. Do we know if the 19 yr old has charged pressed against him yet? Felony wreckless driving with a death? He should have been arrested already, and then recharged today with 2nd degree. I hope he isnt going to get away with this, he needs a very very strong lesson.
LG May 20, 2012 at 05:17 AM
He hasn't gotten "away with this." Cole was one of his best friends; he'll carry this with him for the rest of his life. The guilt we all feel is punishment enough.
Carol May 20, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I agree with LG, this was a tragedy for everyone. It was purely an accident that these kids will have to live with forever. This is why high school Proms should be held close to home. Schools seem to need to outdo the year before, year after year. Many high school kids are new drivers and driving so far on Prom night is ridiculous!
Brenda May 20, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Carol, they were done with the prom at back in town when the 19 yr old decided to put the pedal to the metal and have his passengers obey seat belt rules. They were not at the prom location in Yorba Linda. However, I do agree that proms need to be here in our City to promote our Cities, wineries, Casinos, and nice Hotels, Spa's with large conference and party areas to have these events. Unfortunately those mentioned will not lower their already outrageous prices so the OUR schools can afford local places. Which is just another sorry state our City is in that none of these would help the schools for Prom.
Brenda May 20, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Carol, they were done with the prom at back in town when the 19 yr old decided to put the pedal to the metal and have his passengers obey seat belt rules. They were not at the prom location in Yorba Linda. However, I do agree that proms need to be here in our City to promote our Cities, wineries, Casinos, and nice Hotels, Spa's with large conference and party areas to have these events. Unfortunately those mentioned will not lower their already outrageous prices so the OUR schools can afford local places. Which is just another sorry state our City is in that none of these would help the schools for Prom.
Maxx May 21, 2012 at 07:41 PM
parents, if the prom is too far, try to get a party bus together. just an idea, sorry for your loss of a friend, and child. thats horrible.
Leslie Stewart-Reynoso May 22, 2012 at 07:36 AM
Dear Chamberlain Family, Our heart felt sympathy is with you now and always. No words can express the pain & sorrow you must be feeling. No parent should ever have to bury a child no matter what age they are. R.I.P. Cole Chamberlain. You will be dearly missed by your wonderful parents, siblings,family & friends. Cole's death was a horrible tragic accident. Unfortunately, I know to well the loss of a dear friend, due to my car accident 32 yrs ago As I lost my BFF Georgia and I was the driver. I have asked the Lord over and over why she died and I lived! I wished it had been me. I prayed for guidance and forgiveness and I finally realized the dear Lord decides when we are born and when we pass! Remember Cole touched many lives in his short time here on this Earth, And will be dearly missed by his Family & Friends. But most important Cole is with our Heavenly Father now. Our prayers are with you, Amen! We are here for you anytime day or night. Love Always, Your friends forever, Leslie Stewart-Reynoso & Dave Reynoso.
Brenda May 23, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Somewhere this was posted for me to respond to, but I cant find it, so pasting her comments here and then my response. Joan Hoover commented on Report: Teen in Prom Crash Dies, which you are following. "Brenda, this isn't the place for those comments. I have no idea how old you are but your comment was heartless. It's called an accident for a reason. The poor young man that was driving did not intend for this to happen. Stop and think how your comment can effect others. Especially the families involved." JOAN, I am 52 yrs old with 5 daughters and 1 grandchild so far. I have been sypathetic to both families, and I have a HUGE heart. We seem to have a disagreement on what accident means correct? Throughout this article it is called a crash. An accident while driving would be perhaps slamming on brakes as a dog runs in front of you, and no one is hurt because seat belts are on, and car behind also had seat belts on. That is an accident. Someone putting on makeup, using phone, Ipad computer, fumbling for a cigarette, speeding to show off, kissing, waving at kids in another car next to them, even just simply jabber jawing to friends in the car and not paying attention, a wreck/crash occurs and its not an accident, and age doesnt matter. You put a 19 yr old behind the wheel of a big truck, with 3 minors with no seatbelts (strike 1) then he decides to speed (strike 2) then drive wrecklessly enough to roll it and kill one of the children. (Strike 3 and 4).
Brenda May 23, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Because I make generalized statements, some who are not reading word for word a comment think I am directly attacking a victim, or the accused and I may not be. In this case I did touch on the criminal aspect of it because it is a reality. As I said from the headline down in the articles the wreck is called a CRASH, because it is not an accident. Patch does very well using terminology that is unbiased and accurate otherwise others would be saying its not a wreck, its a crash, its an accident, etc. etc. because like you, someone will be insulted by something and that is just the way it works on news articles with comment sections. If you look over all of my posts they are very mild to what some say, or presume. I do not presume, I go by what evidence we have been given thus far only. I am sorry if I do not seem to show enough empathy towards the families of all 4 children. I am empathetic and not knowing the 19 yr old I do hope he remembers this every single time he gets in a car. My main sympathy and prayers are to the dead boy who's life is over, gone in a split second, thrown through a windshield, 2 girls that its a miracle they are here today. God thank you for saving those two girls and the driver of course. But in the end, this was not an accident. The moment he pressed the gas and did not make sure they had seat belts on, then when he decided to speed and drive wrecklessly. Anyone driving a vehicle knows that this outcome can happen, just like it did.
TG May 23, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Brenda, Stop talking! You dont know the facts or the families or Coles friends! Stop talking ....you are not doing anyone any good, except possibly your ego. Those of us grieving a unimagineable loss don't need or want your opinion. STOP TALKING!!
Brenda May 23, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I find it incredible that you would bother with my first post, then go after my juggler. Other comments in a follow up article have assumptions of alcohol, drugs, which I have not said or assumed. Read my initial comment again. It says nothing out of line regarding this wreck, crash. Joan Posted that(her) message directly to me and I responded. I have not responded to anything else except the locations of proms which everyone made comments on. So quite honestly I do not have a clue, even with my ego, what in the ........Joan or you are raging on me for. Surely the families do not appreciate your raging in this comments area and me also having to defend myself in an area that should be about the crash and the teenagers. I won't respond to anymore of your insults and tirades, with as out of control as you both are. BTW comment sections are for that, comments regarding an article, story, and it doesnt have to be what YOU WANT to read. So I would suggest that if you don't want opinions dont read them. Strange, when a tragedy has happened in my family or friends the last thing I ever thought of was running to the newspaper to read an article on it........just saying. If you two hadn't attacked me, I would have never had 3 more posts!, so don't attack me and then tell me to stop talking. LOL Simple. I don't know the facts other then the articles, but I do know criminal and civil law very well.
PleaseHaveRespect May 26, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Honestly Brenda, you are entitled to your own beliefs, but you don't know anything about what really happened, and you need to watch your mouth because Cole's family (Including his 12 year old sister and 13 year old brother) are reading these articles and you have no right to be making false accusations against anyone involved in this car ACCIDENT. You said you are 52 years old, so act your age and keep your rude judgements to yourself.
LG May 29, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I won't lie and say I wasn't hoping to find someone like you on one of the comment threads. It really is nice to know that at least ONE person out there is finding some sick pleasure in this tragedy. At least you're happy, even if it's at the expense of Cole's loved ones. I'm honestly so glad that you can take such a horrible situation and turn it around to have some fun with it. The rest of the world should learn to be more like you- they should simply stop caring about human decency and start saying whatever they want, no matter who they hurt. It really is a first class philosophy you've got going on. But in all seriousness, I've read through every article and have read more incorrect statements than I can count. As I was there and have first hand experience on the matter while all you have is an extensive knowledge of criminal law and the half-truths you've read in articles, I think I win. By your definition, this WAS an accident. Now please take your defeat like a man and TRY to understand that your judgments are incorrect. Don't be too hard on yourself, my dear. You can't always be right.
Dee June 15, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Brenda, you are looking at this objectively. You are right. Keep talking. I feel for the kids too, but kids overall think they are invincible. It is called a crash for a reason.


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