Three Los Angeles residents, including two high school students, were killed in a car accident on the 101 Freeway early on April 21. This terrible incident involved drunk driving and another driver losing control, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The victims were part of a group of four that went to a concert in Santa Maria. They were southbound on the 101 in Santa Barbara around 12:45 a.m., heading home, when the driver lost control. It is not clear in a story by KABC-TV who was driving.

The group’s car veered to the right and hit the guardrail, causing it to flip over on the freeway. A short time later, a second car crashed into it, ejecting two of the people inside.

Two 17-year-old females were killed in the car accident. They were residents of Torrance and high school seniors. A 20-year-old man was also killed, and a second 20-year-old male was in critical condition as of April 21.

The driver of the second car, a 52-year-old woman, was arrested at the scene for DUI. Though she did not cause the victims’ car to turn over, it is possible that drinking slowed her reaction time, and that she might have avoided the collision if she had been sober. In turn, the victims’ injuries might have been less severe, if not for the collision between the cars.

No life should have to end in an auto accident, regardless of age. But it is especially tragic when a teenager loses his or her life on the road, because he or she likely missed out on so much of what life has to offer.

Source: KABC-TV, “2 Torrance students among 3 killed in Santa Barbara crash,” April 21, 2014