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Four Fontana teens die in fiery weekend crash

October 24, 2011 |  9:27 am

A fiery single-car crash killed four Fontana teenagers early Sunday when the car’s 18-year-old driver smashed into a cement beam, causing the car to burst into flames.

Javier T. Contreras, the driver of a Chrysler Sebring, was traveling east on Foothill Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car, veered into the westbound lanes, and crashed into a train tressel about 1:07 a.m., the Fontana Police Department said in a statement. Flames engulfed the car until firefighters arrived to extinguish them.

Contreras and passenger Raquel Garcia, 18,  were pronounced dead at the scene at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Passengers Pedro Rivera, 18, and Rebecca Garcia, 16, were removed from the vehicle and transferred to local hospitals. Rivera was pronounced dead from injuries at 2 a.m., as was Rebecca Garcia at 5:45 a.m.

Fontana Police Sgt. Billy Green said the reason for the crash is still being investigated. Rebecca and Raquel Garcia were related, but Green could not confirm their exact relationship. The department is set to release further information Monday afternoon. 


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