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3 boys killed in Fontana police-pursuit crash [UPDATED]

January 29, 2009 |  7:39 am

A Fontana yard is a scene of destruction after a crash that killed three young boys. Updated at 12:26 p.m. Read more at latimes.com:  2 boys killed in stunning car crash are believed to be brothers


Three boys, including a 14-year-old driver, were killed when they fled from police in a car that eventually crashed into a Fontana home, authorities said today.

The underage driver was speeding south on Alder Avenue at more than 90 mph Wednesday night when the silver Nissan Maxima struck a concrete wall in a yard, flipped and struck the roof of the house, said Officer Steven Cuevas of the California Highway Patrol.

The driver and his 11-year-old front-seat passenger, both of whom were not wearing seat belts, were ejected from the car, Cuevas said. They were pronounced dead at the scene. A 6-year-old who was sitting in the back seat was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center but died from his injuries soon after.

Officials said they did not know whether the boys were related. Cuevas said a CHP officer had originally pulled the car over at 8:55 p.m. for running a red light.

“The officer walked up to the car, and the driver’s vehicle sped away,” he said. “A pursuit was initiated. It was under two minutes, then the driver lost control.”

The five people inside the home at Alder and Shamrock Avenue were not hurt.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo: A Fontana yard is a scene of destruction after a crash that killed three boys. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Audio: Witness account of fatal accident           Photo Gallery

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