Coroner’s officials on Thursday identified three of the five people killed in a fiery car crash in Burbank early Saturday morning. Among those identified was the car’s driver.
The three were identified as Stephen Stoll, 23, of Burbank, Malak Hariri, 19, and Sameer Joudeh, 18, of Valley Village, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Joudeh also goes by last name Nevarez, according to peers.
The remaining two victims have been identified by friends as Sebastian Forero and Sugey Cuevas.
Stoll was reportedly driving the vehicle, Corral said.
Toxicology reports indicating whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash remain pending, Corral said.
Hariri’s father was at a town hall meeting Tuesday in Burbank, where a moment of silence was held in honor of the victims.
“I can’t even say anything,” he said emotionally as a he left the meeting.
Police believe the vehicle was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed and lost control near the Scott Road off-ramp of the Golden State (5) Freeway just after 4 a.m. After slamming into a concrete pillar, the vehicle caught fire.
A sixth passenger, 18-year-old Savannah Underwood, survived the crash.
Authorities were conducting a forensic examination of the vehicle — a Nissan sedan equipped with five seat belts — to determine whether any mechanical issues contributed to the crash, police said.
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