Two Arvin teens killed, three injured in crash Friday night

Posted at 10:18 AM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 21:22:43-04

Five teenagers from Arvin were in a crash that left two dead Friday night. 

According to the California Highway Patrol at 11:00 p.m. Friday night five Arvin teenagers ranging in age from 14 to 16 were riding in a 2004 Honda Accord. They were traveling southbound on Malaga Rd. just north of Buena Vista Blvd. at a high rate of speed.

The driver, who has not been identified, didn't stop at a stop sign posted at the intersection of Malaga Rd. and Buena Vista Rd and continued traveling at a high rate of speed. 

For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the car, veered off the roadway and collided with a dirt mound.

The impact caused the vehicle to roll over several times.

David Flores, 14, and Victor Garcia, 15, were sitting in the back seat of the car and were not wearing seatbelts. They were both ejected from the vehicle. 

Flores died at the scene and Garcia was transported to Kern Medical where he died a short time later. 

The driver and two other passengers were also transferred to Kern Medical with moderate injuries. 

The two other passengers were identified as Federico Garcia, 16, and George Rosales, 16.

CHP said alcohol was not a factor in the collision. 

At Arvin High School Monday extra staff was on hand for students who may be struggling with the loss. 

"We put together kind of an A-team, if you will, of mental health clinicians, school psychologists, counselors and we had what we called ground zero. We had our career center as home base," said AHS principal Ed Watts. 

Watts said the school reached out to the families of all of the students involved in the crash and have extra counseling services on hand for each of those students who will be returning to the campus.

At lunch Monday students gathered together to comfort one another as they remembered Flores and Garcia. There was also a table set up for students to write notes to Flores and Garcia which were going to be hung on a poster. 

Some of the notes read:

"David Flores I love you and everyone will miss you - K.C."

"R.I.P. boys you will never be forgotten. Your loved ones miss you."

"I love you cuzin(sp) ima(sp) miss you so much. David your(sp) my best friend. - Victor G."

Watts said the school plans to deliver the posters with all of the notes to the families of Flores and Garcia.

"Myself personally I don't know the students, but I can tell you based on the reaction they're very beloved. They were well loved to the extent to where all of the kids just want to love on each other and help the families," said Watts. "The climate of the campus, even though somber, is very loving, very understanding."

Watts said extra counseling services will be on hand throughout the rest of the week and longer if necessary. 

The families have set up GoFundMe page for teens funeral expenses. You can donate to David here and Victor here.