4 Oakland teens killed in highway wreck
Four teenagers heading home to Oakland Monday after watching a rugby tournament in Las Vegas died when their SUV smashed into a highway center divider and rolled several times.
A fifth person was injured and flown to a nearby hospital.
The four were killed instantly, said Kern County Deputy Coroner Jeff Cameron.
"The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, and no other cars were involved," Cameron said. He said routine toxicology tests will be done to determine whether drugs or alcohol were involved.
George Moa, 19, was driving the 2004 GMC Yukon. He was heading west on Highway 58 going past California City, a town about 50 miles southeast of Bakersfield, when the car flipped.
Also killed were Malia Moa, 17, David Moa, 19 and Rachel Fisiiahi, the coroner's office reported. The name of the survivor was not released.
The four were cousins who enjoyed playing rugby, said Fisiiahi's father, Suli Fisiiahi of Oakland.
"They really liked sports, and they all went to watch that tournament in Las Vegas because they loved that sport so much," he said. "Rachel was so special to me in my life, very close to me. This is a terrible thing."