California Police: Driver Intentionally Rammed Into Car, Killing 3 Teens

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    An officer with the California Highway Patrol's (CHP) Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) investigates the scene of a deadly crash in the Temescal Valley, south of Corona, Calif., Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. A Southern California driver intentionally rammed a Toyota Prius with several teenage boys inside, killing a few and injuring a few others before fleeing, authorities said Monday. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)

    TEMESCAL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California driver intentionally rammed a Toyota Prius with six teenage boys inside, killing three and injuring three others before fleeing, authorities said Monday.

    The Prius went off the road and slammed into a tree at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in Temescal Valley in Riverside County, southeast of Los Angeles.

    Anurag Chandra, 42, of Corona was arrested a short time later in a neighborhood near the crash site, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    “It was an intentional act, “ CHP Lt. David Yokley said at a news conference, although he did not disclose a motive. “Our investigation led us to believe Mr. Chandra intentionally rammed the Prius, causing the driver to lose control.”

    “The investigation has now changed from a hit-run collision to homicide,” he said.

    Firefighters freed some teens trapped in the car. One boy died at the scene and two others were pronounced dead at hospitals. Their names were not immediately released.

    The other victims had moderate injuries, authorities said.

    It wasn’t immediately clear whether any of the teens were wearing seat belts, authorities said.

    An officer with the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) investigates the scene of a deadly crash in the Temescal Valley, south of Corona, Calif., Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. A Southern California driver intentionally rammed a Toyota Prius with several teenage boys inside, killing a few and injuring a few others before fleeing, authorities said Monday. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)

    A witness followed the other car and notified police. Officers found an Infiniti with front-end damage parked in a neighborhood near the crash site, Officer Juan Quintero told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

    Chandra was booked on suspicion of murder with malice and assault with a deadly weapon. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

    This Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, booking photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department shows Anurag Chandra, 42 of Corona, Calif. Chandra intentionally rammed a Toyota Prius with six teenage boys inside on Sunday in Temescal Valley in Riverside County, southeast of Los Angeles, killing three and injuring three others before fleeing, authorities said Monday. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

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    5 COMMENTS

    1. The news reported that these teens were intentionally ringing people’s door bells at night (it was some sort of a prank type game to them). Then, when someone would come to the door, they would run away. Unfortunately, when they rang the bell of the car crasher’s home, he went ballistic, and took off after them, at a very high speed, and rammed his car into them.

      A similar incident occurred one time in Florida, at a condo complex, when I was visiting relatives. Some low life maintenance personnel, intentionally rang our bell, walked away and grinned when I came out to see who was ringing.

      In my local community a few years ago, a mentally challenged middle aged man, who lived with his elderly Mother, was also harassed by some teenagers, who came to his house at night, with several cars, and started loudly honking horns, and making other noise. They did this a number of times. One evening, he couldn’t take it any longer, and he opened fire on them with a rifle. Unfortunately, one of the teenage girls in one car was struck, and suffered permanent brain damage. The shooter received 15 years in prison. There was actually one parent who sent a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, trying to justify the actions of the teens, by alleging that the shooter’s strange life style, made him a tempting target for harassment by the teens!
      I’m not justifying or mitigating what this psycho in California did; I hope that he receives life!

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