Driver arrested on suspicion of murder in Porter Ranch crash that killed two teens, police say
A man was arrested today after police say he was driving erratically on a San Bernardino County road, causing a fatal crash that killed two teen boys.
The driver — who wasn’t identified — was reportedly arrested on suspicion of murder when the crash occurred early this morning on an eastbound road near the intersection of Old Highway 99 and the Ventura Freeway in Porter Ranch.
The crash happened about 9 a.m., according to San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.
Deputies said the driver of a sport-utility vehicle, described by the victims’ families as a white man, was traveling south on Highway 99 when he crashed on a curve in the road with the front end of a pickup truck.
Witnesses told investigators that the sport-utility vehicle had crossed the traffic line, and was driving erratically, before striking the pickup truck, according to authorities.
The driver then fled the scene, according to investigators. When deputies attempted to talk to him, the driver made a quick left off the freeway, leading the sheriff’s department and law enforcement agencies in the area on a chase.
The driver was finally arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of murder.
The victims were 19-year-old Jordan James and 19-year-old Matthew Allen, according to McMahon’s department. Each was from Lake Elsinore, the other crash site, officials said.
The sheriff’s department and the Orange County District Attorney’s office have both been investigating the crash.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department at (909) 389-5721.
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