Two People Dead After Vehicle Lands into Backyard Swimming Pool in Chino, CA
Chino, CA (July 7th, 2021) – Two people lost their lives and a third was left seriously injured when their vehicle slammed into a center roadway divider, launching the vehicle into a backyard pool in the early hours of Wednesday, according to authorities.
Authorities were dispatched shortly before 2:30 a.m. to investigate the collision in close proximity to the intersection of East End and Schaefer Avenues. Sgt. Jesus Jacquez of the Chino Police Department reports that the accident is being classified as a single-vehicle accident at this moment.
First responders have determined that the vehicle, a Chevy sedan, was headed southbound on Schaefer Avenue when it collided with a center median. This propelled the vehicle into the air and caused it to plunge into a nearby home’s swimming pool. The impact damaged the perimeter wall of the home and ejected all occupants of the vehicle, according to Sgt. Jacquez.
A female occupant of the vehicle, only identified as a 21-year-old woman, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two other vehicle occupants, a 23-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, were rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.
The male later succumbed to his injuries. The only survivor of the accident remains at the hospital with unknown injuries. None of the vehicle occupants have been named by authorities.
Sgt. Jacquez reports that the cause of the accident is still under investigation and the cause of the accident is not clear.
As a result of the magnitude of the accident and the collision being investigated as a fatal accident, investigators will need to conduct due diligence to determine the cause, according to Sgt. Jacquez.
Neighbors have reported that the intersection has been the scene of multiple accidents in the past.
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