A pair of teen-agers camping overnight at San Onofre State Park were killed instantly Sunday when a car, driving on the wrong side of a narrow access road, slammed into their tent and crushed them, officials said.
The Ford Mustang came to a stop directly over the bodies, and the driver fled on foot, officials said. Several hours later, a suspect reportedly was arrested in Southeast Los Angeles, but California Highway Patrol officers would not disclose his identify or provide details.
Graham Jacob Grubb, 18, of Laguna Niguel, a freshman at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, and his girlfriend, Amanda Jocon Ciskowski, 19, of San Diego, an incoming freshman at San Diego City College, died of massive head injuries, the San Diego County coroner's office said.
Surfers found the bodies about 3 a.m. Sunday, San Diego Deputy Coroner Cal Vine said.
CHP officers said they believe the accident occurred between 12:30 and 3 a.m. A CHP spokesman said the couple had pitched their tent near a parking lot in an area not designated for campers. A friend said the couple used that site because the regular campsites were full.
Although CHP dispatchers declined to confirm that a suspect had been arrested, Newport Beach attorney Thomas Garrett, a friend of Grubb's, said the CHP told him that a suspect had been traced through the abandoned car. He was arrested "somewhere around Montebello or Santa Fe Springs" and taken to Vista, in San Diego County, on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and manslaughter, Garrett said.