Driver accused of ramming teens off road facing murder charges in California crash that killed 3
Jan. 21, 2020
"The investigation has now changed from a hit-run collision to homicide," a police official said.
Three teenagers were killed and three others were injured after a driver used his vehicle to intentionally ram their Prius, sending it into a tree off a Southern California road, authorities said Monday.
Anurag Chandra, 42, was arrested and is facing multiple counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon, Riverside County jail records show. He is being held without bail.
The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in Temescal Valley, southeast of Los Angeles, state and local fire agencies said in a statement.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said. The others were taken to a local hospital where two later died.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the teens were wearing seat belts, authorities said. Their names were not immediately released.
"The investigation has now changed from a hit-run collision to homicide," Yokely said.
California Highway Patrol Lt. David Yokley said Monday that investigators believe Chandra intentionally struck the teens' Prius with his car, which caused the driver to lose control and strike a tree. Chandra then fled, he said.
Yokely did not disclose a motive.
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