A 17-year-old Santa Ana boy was killed in a fiery traffic crash Sunday in the Valley Glen area in the San Fernando Valley, the California Highway Patrol said.
Miles Eubanks, a back passenger in a 2004 Chevrolet, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the southbound 170 north of Victoria Boulevard, according to a CHP news release.
The crash occurred at about 6:30 p.m. when the driver of the Chevrolet struck a disabled 2007 Jeep in the No. 1 lane.
“The driver of the Chevrolet made a hard brake … but was unable to stop before rear-ending the Jeep,” according to the CHP news release.
Both vehicles were stopped in the No. 1 lane, with the Jeep in front, the CHP said.
The Chevrolet driver and his front passenger got out of the vehicle to check on the driver of the Jeep, the CHP added. Eubanks stayed inside.
That’s when the driver of a Lexus SUV rear-ended the Chevrolet while it was stopped in the No. 1 lane, the CHP said. The Chevrolet overturned and caught on fire.
Eubanks was unable to escape before the vehicle was consumed by fire, the CHP said.
Paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department pronounced Eubanks dead at the scene. The front passenger of the Chevrolet was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injures.
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