Three Las Vegas high school students are killed in spring break crash when their car was hit by a suspected drunken driver in Southern California

Mail Online | 3/30/2018 | Alex Green For Mailonline
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Three Las Vegas high school students on spring break have been killed after a suspected drink driver plowed into their car in Southern California.

Bani Duarte, 27, was driving northbound on Pacific Coast Highway when she struck a red Toyota that was stopped at the intersection of PCH and Magnolia.

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Her Hyundai Sonata rear-ended it, pushing the car through the intersection and causing it to run up onto a sidewalk.

Three of the four passengers were killed on impact or after the car burst into flames and when police arrived shortly after, they found the car giving off plumes of smoke.

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A fourth passenger was taken to a local trauma center but has since been discharged, Huntington Beach police spokesperson Angie Bennett said.

An officer tried to rescue the other three teens but the car burst into flames.

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Duarte has been charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence.

The victims - who have been named locally as Dylan Mack, AJ Rossi and Brooke Hawley - all attended Centennial High School in Compton.

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Dylan and AJ were just two months away from graduation and were in California celebrating spring break.

They had rented a motel room and planned to spend time shopping at malls.

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Hawley was an athlete at the school and had played on Centennial's varsity soccer team for the last two years.

AJ was the son of a disabled veteran, injured during the Vietnam war.

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A decade ago AJ's mother passed away and, with the help of his daughter, Allie, AJ's father Albert raised three children and two grandchildren as a widower.

On a Go Fund Me page set up by well-wisher Ben Leavitt to collect for the funeral, AJ is described as 'the centre of attention' and 'superlative'.

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'AJ was always the center of attention and his...
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