Somber vigil honors 1 of 2 teenagers killed in Porter Ranch crash that left 8 other injured

Leanne Suter Image
Monday, October 24, 2022
EMBED <>More Videos

A somber vigil was held in honor of Magnus Joseph Robinson, a 16-year-old boy who was killed in a Porter Ranch crash that left one other teenager dead and eight people injured.

PORTER RANCH, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A somber vigil was held Sunday in honor of a 16-year-old boy who was killed in a Porter Ranch crash that also left one other teenager dead and eight people injured.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said the crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the 11000 block Reseda Boulevard.

A 16-year-old boy was trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene. The coroner's office identified him as Magnus Joseph Robinson. Authorities initially said he was 17.

Family members and friends gathered in Porter Ranch to pay tribute to Robinson. His uncle Ivan Narvaez described the boy's death as "something that you cannot believe."

"Even through today I'm still in shock," Narvaez said, "because of the magnitude of the impact."

Another victim in the crash, a 14-year-old girl, died after arriving at a hospital, the LAPD announced Sunday. The girl's name has not been released.

Loved ones described Robinson as a young man who was committed to his mother and three young siblings.

"Joseph was a very, very loving person, very helpful, very caring and funny," Narvaez said. "He will definitely be missed."

RELATED: Teen killed in violent multi-vehicle crash in Porter Ranch

LAPD said the crash occurred after a driver in a Honda CRV was heading southbound on Reseda Boulevard and crossed the center line, slamming into two other vehicles -- a 2012 Toyota Venza and a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. The Honda also hit a parked car.

Six people were inside the Honda CRV, including the two teenagers who were killed.

"We heard the horrible noise of an accident, so we ran out right away to see what was happening," witness Elsa Morales said. "I did see a bunch of teens. I looked at all the area and they were very injured."

The driver of the Honda CRV was injured and taken to a hospital. LAPD says the driver is expected to face criminal charges once he's released from the hospital, but the department did not specify what the charges will be.

Three people in the Toyota Venza and one person in the Volkswagen Jetta were hospitalized with moderate injuries, but are expected to recover.

LAPD also announced that one of the victims, a 16-year-old, suffered fractures to their skull and hip.

Although the cause of the crash remains under investigation, police say extreme speed played a role.

LAPD is investigating if drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the fatal crash.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Robinson's family with funeral expenses.

¿Quieres leer este artículo en español? Haz clic aquí