#parents | #teensvaping | 2 teens dead, 3 injured in fiery DUI crash in Mission Valley

Two 15-year-old boys died and three teens suffered serious injuries in a fiery DUI freeway crash in Mission Valley early Saturday.

The 17-year-old driver was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, California Highway Patrol Officer Salvador Castro said.

He said all five boys range in age from 15 to 19. He did not know where they were from, but said they were friends.

Witnesses reported a 2008 BMW driving at high speed about 3:15 a.m. before it launched over the side of transition lanes from westbound Interstate 8 to southbound state Route 163, CHP officials said.

The vehicle landed about 40 feet from the ramp in a thicket of ice plant and palm trees, slammed into a tree and burst into flames.

The driver and two other boys escaped the burning wreck, but two of the boys were trapped in the back seat, Castro said. Their bodies were found after firefighters doused the flames.

The names of the deceased have not been released.

Transition ramps connecting southbound SR-163 and westbound I-8 were closed for nearly 12 hours Saturday, with both reopening to traffic in the early afternoon.


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