Triple fatal crash near Porterville, some passengers without seatbelts


15-year-old Deshawn Anthony Moore and 17-year-old Ingrid Coronel were killed Tuesday in the collision near Porterville.

Just one day after the accident, debris is still scattered in the field where the probation van and pickup truck ended up, after the crash. A memorial has been set up -- friends and family of the victims have been stopping by the memorial all afternoon, to remember the lives lost.

High school junior Isaiah Cortez is remembering his friend in the very spot she died just one day before. 17-year-old Ingrid Coronel attended Granite Hills High School with Cortez.

"She was very outgoing, she was a cheerleader," said Isaiah. "I think she was going to be ASB, she was always doing something."

Cortez says he and his friends are having a difficult time understanding why Ingrid is gone. So are those who knew 15-year-old Deshawn Anthony Moore. He was known to his family and friends as 'Brownbread'.

Louie Vitela said, "Even though I'm hurting this brings me joy, because this is what I remember, this is what I can keep."

New Life Center's Youth Minister, Louie Vitela says Moore dedicated much of his free time to playing Christian worship music for his friends.

"Every Wednesday in our youth group we do worship and he was actually supposed to be drums tonight," said Vitela. "Normally he does turn tables, well tonight was his night to be a drummer."

The two teens died just before noon Tuesday morning outside of Porterville, they were passengers in a probation van.

The group of seven teens and one adult were driving back to Porterville after a day of community service work in Earlimart.

The California Highway Patrol says 37-year-old Juan Reyes of Porterville was driving a pickup truck. The CHP says Reyes was speeding when he ran a stop sign.

The probation van had no time to stop and slammed into the pickup truck. Six teens in the van and it's driver were taken to the hospital with moderate to major injuries.

Now those who knew the two teens who died are just trying to figure out how to move forward without them.

Family and friends want to make it clear the teens were not in custody, they would simply check in with probation, do their community service and then go home.

Several of the people in the accident were thrown from the van. The CHP says it's examining those seat belts to figure out who was or was not wearing them.

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