Daniel Hawkins, Jacob Ivascu and Drake Ruiz Killed in Alleged Intentional Crash in Temescal Valley
Daniel Hawkins, Jacob Ivascu and Drake Ruiz Dead after Alleged Intentional Hit-and-Run Crash
CORONA, CA (January 21, 2020) – Three 16-year-old boys identified as Daniel Hawkins, Jacob Ivascu and Drake Ruiz died after a reportedly intentional collision.
According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the incident occurred around 10:16 p.m. on Sunday, January 19 on Temescal Canyon Road north of Trilogy Parkway. A white Infiniti intentionally rammed into the Toyota Prius that 6 teenagers were in. This caused the Prius to lose control and slam into a tree in the Temescal Valley south of Corona, authorities stated.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate three people from the vehicle and transported them to hospitals.
Ivascu died at the scene, while Ruiz and Hawkins died at Inland Valley Medical Center shortly after arriving.
Northpoint Evangelical Free Church confirmed that the deceased persons in the crash were Hawkins, Ivascu, and Ruiz. Three other teens suffered injuries in the accident. Police identified them as Joshua Hawkins, Joshua Ivascu and Sergio Campusano. At least one media report indicated the other occupants were two 13-year-old boys and the 18-year-old driver. All of are members of a church youth group. In addition, some of the victims are related.
All six people in the vehicle were teenage boys. A GoFundMe page was set up for Ruiz’s funeral expenses.
A witness, Daniel Vasquez, followed the suspect and helped officials locate it. CHP officers then arrested 42-year-old Anurag Chandra of Corona after they found his suspected vehicle nearby, parked outside a home.
He was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside without bail on suspicion of three counts of murder and six counts of assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show. He is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
CHP officials said Monday there was no immediate word on what may have prompted Chandra to ram the teens. Ruiz’s mother told reporters Monday night the teens, who were on their way to a sleepover to celebrate Ivascu’s birthday, tried to play a “ding-dong-ditch” prank – ringing a doorbell and quickly driving away – at a friend’s home. However, Chandra answered the door, got into his Infiniti and chased the teens.
Officers have not said if drugs or alcohol contributed as a factor. CHP are still looking for witnesses who may have other information about the incident.
Sweet James extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of Jacob Ivascu, Drake Ruiz, and Daniel Hawkins.
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