By Randy Economy
September 22, 2010
Update at 8:31 p.m.:
Law enforcement officials are planning to interview the two surviving members of this crash, Jared Von Grote, 18, and Krisotpher Howell, 18, to determine what happened immediately before this accident occurred.
Both Howell and Grote are in "stable" condition in a Orange County hospital and both are expected to make a full recovery.
Toxicology tests are going to be performed on the victim Kody Kessler and the others to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor. The car was removed from the bottom of the riverbed at around 8 p.m.. More details later.
A promising young student from Ocean View High School was killed this afternoon in a horrific car crash that has stunned his friends, family and the community of Orange County.
Kody Kessler, 18, of Westminster was killed and two others were hurt as their Chevrolet pickup truck lost control and crashed into a flood-control channel. Kessler attended Ocean View High School. I saw the aftermath of this crash this afternoon on a number of local news channels here in Los Angeles, and my heart and Prayers go out to the friends and family of those involved in this tragic event.
It appears that the truck rolled and crashed into the flood-control channel at Rancho Road and Spa Drive about 3 p.m. and fell over 20 feet onto the concrete riverbed floor. The pickup landed at an angle, partially on its side and partially on its roof. Several rescue workers were at the scene.
|Scene of the horrific crash via images from KCAL News.|
According to media reports, including from NBC 4 News in LA, Kessler died at the scene.
The others involved in the crash are: