15-year-old smashes car into Calif. home; 3 die

January 29, 2009 1:33:23 PM PST
A 15-year-old driver and two younger boys were killed when they fled at speeds up to 90 mph and then crashed into a house after a police car pulled them over. California Highway Patrol officials say an officer had stopped the car for running a red light Wednesday evening in Fontana. But the driver sped off as the officer walked toward the car.

The driver lost control after a brief chase, crashing through a cinderblock wall and into a house in the working-class suburb east of Los Angeles.

"The wall just started opening up to the ceiling," homeowner Edward Pimentel said. "We thought earthquake. We picked up the kids, ran out the front door."

Authorities say the boys were ages 15, 11 and 9. The driver, identified as Devon Keeten, 15, and the 11-year-old boy were ejected from the car and died at the scene. Nine-year-old Dylan Green, who was in the back wearing a seatbelt, died at a hospital. The 11-year-old's name was not released.

The relationships of the boys and what they were doing with the car were not disclosed. No one in the house was injured, though the car was high enough in the air at impact to crush the corner of the house's roof.

Pimentel, 46, said he was sitting in his living room with his wife and two grandchildren when they heard a rumbling and then a big bang. He said that after they ran out, "there was a dead body right by the front door" and another about 20 feet away.

The wrecked car "looked like a tin can," he added. He saw the hood of the car lying in front of a window and other parts of the car strewn along the sidewalk.

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