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Teens Returning from Vista Murrieta Prom Injured in Crash

Three teens were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash at 11:50 p.m. Saturday. One remained in critical condition today.

Three students who attended the prom at Nixon Library in Yorba Linda Saturday were injured in a crash, according to reports.

The single-vehicle rollover occurred at 11:50 p.m. Saturday near Menifee Valley Middle School on Garbani Road in Menifee, Sgt. sheriff's Danny Lingo said in a news release.

"Preliminary investigation showed that a Chevy pickup driven by 19-year-old William Johnson of Menifee was traveling westbound on Garbani Road at a high rate of speed," Lingo said. "The driver lost control of the vehicle, resulting in the vehicle rolling over."

The Chevy was carrying two underage girls and one minor boy, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Three passengers—including two who were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected—were taken to Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar.

The driver, Johnson, was not injured, Lingo said.

The Sheriff's Department did not release the names of the underage passengers.

A 17-year-old boy who attends in Murrieta suffered major injuries in the crash and remained in critical condition today, according to an article published by The Press-Enterprise.

Authorties told the newspaper the teens were in prom attire, however they did not know where the students were traveling to or from.

A Murrieta Valley Unified School District spokesperson confirmed Monday with The Press-Enterprise that the students were in fact enrolled in the district and had been returning from the prom.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

LBV Collins May 08, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I'm very sorry to hear about this. My sympathies to the family and friends of those injured, and my sincerest wishes for a quick and full recovery.
Lynda StarWriter May 08, 2012 at 04:39 PM
My thoughts and prayers to the families and to the students involved in the accident
savedbygrace May 09, 2012 at 08:17 AM
My prayers for all of the families and the injured youth,Hope they all get better soon,
liss May 09, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Keep positive thoughts .............and I hope the District starts THINKING maybe PROM and other events should be closer to there home school. My kids prom was in escondidio and had a 3 1/2 hour ride home .
Robert Schroeder May 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
we have Pechanga and Pala Casinos, several hotels that must have a ballroom, and really nice wineries right here in town, why are all the proms so far away? the schools district needs to look at this and start supporting a locaL venue !
liss May 13, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Robert Yes I agree 100%
mandee May 14, 2012 at 06:29 AM
The accident happened close to their home so where the prom was wasn't the problem. The kids did not have seat belts on and now the lives of these kids will never be the same. My heart breaks for these kids and their families.
Fauntleroy Murphy May 16, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I like how it's the Prom's fault. If it were closer this wouldn't of happened mentality. Speeding and no seat belts had nothing to do with the driver losing control and these poor kids being injured. It doesn't matter where the Prom is held, kids will drink and drive, speed and show off!
savedbygrace May 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Nothing was found about alcohol.so why judge and say they were drinking,also my mom was in a simular car accident and had her seatbelt on and still died,!! so putting down these kids for no seatbelts is wrong,either way u can still get hurt and die!Let these kids have a break!..R.I.P. Cole..
savedbygrace May 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Nothing was found about alcohol.so why judge and say they were drinking,also my mom was in a simular car accident and had her seatbelt on and still died,!! so putting down these kids for no seatbelts is wrong,either way u can still get hurt and die!Let these kids have a break!..R.I.P. Cole..
savedbygrace May 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Nothing was found about alcohol.so why judge and say they were drinking,also my mom was in a simular car accident and had her seatbelt on and still died,!! so putting down these kids for no seatbelts is wrong,either way u can still get hurt and die!Let these kids have a break!..R.I.P. Cole..
Brenda May 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM
The schools can only afford so much and obviously our own towns facilities are NOT willing to cut them some slack and charge them less. They would rather NOT have any business then actually help provide a location for our kids. They are selfish, do not want to contribute anything, and if everyone in our local cities started seeing that, WE would stop contributing to THEM. Like always, we keep making the rich richer. Everysingle school in Southeast could have their prom here locally and all on the same night and there would still be plenty of locations open for that night. THERE is absolutely NO reason for the Casinos, The Wineries, the Hotels to not offer a low price to our schools. However, these kids were back in town from Yorba Linda, and it was then the drive, 19, decided to drive wrecklessly, killing one young man, and injuring the two girls. Its a wonder the girls are ok, and thank God. Why in the world do young kids think they are cats with 9 lives, or made of steal and unbreakable, or have to show off by going fast in a car or truck? Anyone can push a gas pedal and go fast so you arent really making yourself look any more special then anyone who pushes a gas pedal, except smart people dont floor it and kill people.
Brenda May 17, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Stupid kids will make bad choices when they arent drunk also and just put the pedal to the metal with kids in the car, no seat belts and from lack of driving experience, lose control and kill one, and injure 2 others. Course he had a seat belt on and was perfectly fine. There will be felony charges pressed against him I am sure for wreckless driving with a fatality.
kaylee May 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I feel for this family and the other victims. Stupid decision to screw around in a car not wearing seat belts. Not only is one child dead but this will have a permanent affect on the other 3 kids in the car and the driver might be in trouble as well for reckless driving. So sad! SEATBELTS. SEATBELTS, SEATBELTS! It is just that simple. There was NO alcohol involved and prom being far away was not an issue since the accident happened nearly 10 mins from the drivers house. I feel for everyone in this situation but on the other hand, the victim is in a better place now and no longer suffering....
LG May 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM
From everything you claim to know about this, you'd think that you were in the car too. Funny, because I definitely didn't see you there. Your stupid and incorrect judgments are doing more harm than good, and on behalf of all Cole's friends and family, I would like to issue you a formal invitation to get off the computer and start doing something productive with your life.
alwaysapost June 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
YOu are wrong and erronenous with your lack of knowledge of this incident. I do agree that kids driving with more than 1 in the car is a distraction and has always ended up in tragedy. That is why my son has only and always 1 passenger..period. We set the rules he does not follow them he walks.
Tom Anderson July 20, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Whatever happened to having proms is the High School Auditoriums. I really do not understand the sense of entitlement that we bestow upon our children and the insistence that they deserve to have their proms at upscale facilities. Brenda below is trying to place the blame for these types of things on our local businesses and calling them selfish because they are in business to make money. Who is really being selfish here. Is it our local businesses or is it all of the doting parents that feel that our children deserve the very best no matter what.
Brenda July 20, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Tom I agree. They should be in auditoriums. Pictures should NOT cost 100 bucks, dresses 300+, shoes 100+, flowers 100+, dinner, limo, and on and on and on. The ticket price the school charges to get into the event on top of that. Then its professional hair and makeup because EVERYONE is getting that done MOM!! Tom, I was sick of it too. When I started saying NO, guess what? The two highschoolers went literally crazy, on rampages, ran away, everything in the book and its been hell the last 4 years. We used to give them everything before they deserved it, and I will be the first to say, we have suffered the price more then any parent ever should because of that. :/ They should not have cells, a new one every time they come out, or manage to conveniently break theirs when a new one comes out, computers, course you do not know they are doing the sneaky things to get the new stuff, oh no, cause we trust and believe in our children. Who sit at aschool all day with the other kids sharing stories on how they get around EVERYTHING with their parents. Literally everything, by using us, other kids and t heir parents, and no one is the wiser for a while till its found out. :/ So Tom, I cannot agree with you MORE! We have lived it.

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