Community members held a vigil Sunday night for Magnus Joseph Robinson, the 16-year-old who was killed in a head on collision in Porter Ranch.
“He was a very fun person. He was a very giving person, he was funny, always helping people, always a big-hearted kid and everybody is going to definitely miss him”, said Ivan Narvaez, Robinson’s uncle.
Narvaez said his nephew was a passenger in this black Honda CRV with five of his friends, coming back from a scenic overlook in Porter Ranch.
“They were coming from the view and on the way down that’s when they lost control of the vehicle and that’s all we have right now”, said Narvaez.
The 20-year-old driver, police say, was speeding down Reseda Boulevard and for unknown reasons crossed over into on coming traffic hitting a Toyota Venza with a father and his two young children head on, then hitting a parked black Volkswagon Jetta with a 30-year-old female occupant.
Robinson was trapped inside the Honda CRV and pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old in that vehicle was taken to the hospital and later died.
Surveillance video captured the moments before the crash, with the Honda CRV speeding directly into the Toyota Venza in the opposite lane. Moments after the violent collision, the twisted and smoking metal frames of each car can be seen among a sea of debris in the road.
“I just heard a bang, a big bang in my house,” said Joseph Zaroukian, who heard the crash and rushed out of his home to try and help.
The scene was chaotic as first responders rushed to help the injured. According to police, the occupants of the Toyota Venza and the Volkswagon Jetta suffered minor injuries.
“I saw three cars are crushed. One of them was just a pile of metal.” Zaroukian said. “There were a few teenage people inside, they were struggling to get out, they couldn’t. God bless that gentleman, he pulled the door out of the car, and we pulled them out. They were all teenaged. It was horrible.”
According to Joseph’s uncle, the group of six friends were all from Panorama City, and were coming back from the scenic overlook in Porter Ranch when the crash occurred.
A vigil took place for Joseph in Panorama City on Sunday night, with friends and loved ones paying their respects.
“It’s just a very hard thing to process right now,” said the victim’s uncle.
Narvaez, says his nephew, who went by Joseph, went to Panorama High School and has four brothers. His family is in disbelief over his death. All of the people in the Honda CRV live in the neighborhood, including the driver.
“I don’t really want to touch the subject because I know the driver also lives in this building, and I’m not really sure what is his fate”, said Narvaez.
Police say the driver was injured in the accident and when he is released from the hospital will face criminal charges.
No information was released on the 14-year-old who was killed in the accident, but Joseph’s family says she lives in the neighborhood.
Joseph’s family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses under his full name, Magnus Joseph Robinson.
Source: NBC Los Angeles