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3 teenagers killed when the car crashed out of the elevated 210 Freeway in Pasadena

Three teenagers died Sunday night after a vehicle crashed off the elevated 210 Freeway in Pasadena and landed on the street below.

The single-vehicle accident was reported at 8:26 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.


A witness reported that the vehicle fell off the highway and landed at the intersection of Michillinda Avenue and East Colorado Boulevard, said Patrick Kimball, a California Highway Patrol police officer.

Driver Andyn Bae, 17, and passenger Eric Gullekson, 16, died on the spot. Passenger Nicholas Torres, 17, died at Huntington Memorial Hospital.


Bae would have turned 18 on Monday, according to the forensic pathologist's office. Gullekson and Bae are from Temple City, and Torres is from Monterey Park.

Pasadena police lieutenant Lemos told reporters that there were five people in the vehicle and that three were taken to a trauma center with very serious injuries. One was the person who was pronounced dead at the hospital. The conditions of the others were not available.

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"For unknown reasons at this time, the driver lost control of his vehicle and collided with the raised concrete curb, he continued westward and collided with the chain link," the California Highway Patrol wrote in their accident report. "The vehicle collided with the falling earth / bush wall and overturned."


The cause of the crash is still under investigation and investigators said it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision.

Family members of the victims gathered at the crash site on Monday to set up a memorial with candles, balloons and photos.

Gullekson's mother, Leonor Montelongo, spoke with FOX 11 along with her relatives.

"This is my son, my baby. He was taken from me too soon. I want to offer my condolences to all the families of the children who lost their lives here, and I just miss him. [Gullekson]," she said.

Joe Delatorre, Torres' stepfather, also talked about his son, Nicholas. He said he has raised him since he was a child, along with his wife, who is Torres' mother.

"He was a good child and a quiet child. She [Torre's mother] going through a really bad time right now, so what I want to do is stay strong for her. I do not want that to happen to anyone else, "he said.

A GoFundMe page has been launched to help families:

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