A young woman who was among a trio of San Diegans headed to the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was killed and a teenager critically injured when a auto veered off of Interstate 10 in Banning and slammed into two trees, splitting the vehicle in two, the California Highway Patrol reported Friday.
The violence of the crash split the auto in two, and 18-year-old Ginevra Gallone-Latte was ejected from a back passenger seat.
Meanwhile, CHP officials identified the 16-year-old girl left with serious, life-threatening injuries as Manuela Cerciellorahbari. All three passengers will be hillcrest natives. The California Highway Patrol stated the vehicle drove at a higher speed when it drifted off the road and on the dust should.
The auto was split into two pieces and the 18-year-old was ejected from it, she was pronounced dead at the scene. However, the CHP said it had ruled out alcohol or drugs as a factor in the fatal crash.
'The BMW was loaded with food, alcohol and camping gear as all three people were on their way to the Coachella Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, ' CBS8 reported. During the collision, Gallone-Latte was ejected from a back passenger seat, and the aspiring model was pronounced dead at the scene.
The school said in a statement it was "saddened by the loss of one of its former students". Counselors will be available forever to help anybody, and have been on campus to give aid to staff and students. "The La Jolla High community is strong and we will support one another during this time", the statement read.
CHP is continuing to investigate the crash and has not released further information about it.