Teen Driver Who Died with 4 Others on Jamboree Road Had No Valid License: Update

See Update No. 2 on page 2 on teen driver Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan not having a valid California's driver license and having been cited previously for violating the terms of his provisional license. Plus, more details. Update No. 1 on the next page has ID's of all five Irvine teens.

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Next stop: Dead Man's Curve?
ORIGINAL POST, MAY 28, 9:06 A.M.: Five teens from Irvine--two males and three females--died late Monday afternoon when their Infiniti slammed into a tree, sliced in two and turned into a fireball on Jamboree Road near Island Lagoon in Newport Beach.

That's less than a mile from Jamboree Road and Camelback, where TapouT co-founder Mask Lewis died in a fiery hit-and-run crash in 2009.

The stretch of road had been closed for 10 hours before reopening in both directions around 3:50 this morning.

The crash occurred in the southbound Jamboree lanes, where the posted speed limit is 55 mph, just north of Island Lagoon. For reasons unknown, the Infiniti left the roadway and jumped onto the center divider, smashed into the tree and caught on fire.

Four of the teens were ejected from the vehicle, and the fifth was partially ejected, according to Newport Beach Police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. Four died at the scene and the fifth was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and later pronounced dead.

Identities have not yet been released.

Much of the closure time was spent picking up debris that was strewn over a quarter-mile.

Around 1 a.m. on March 11, 2009, Jeffrey David Kirby of Costa Mesa was speeding in his 1977 Porsche with a 32-year-old female passenger, Lynn Marie Nabozny, alongside a 2004 Ferrari driven by 45-year-old Charles David "Mask" Lewis, Jr., on Jamboree Road, where Kirby lost control and crashed into the Ferrari. Lewis' vehicle smashed into a cement light pole and was torn in half. Kirby, who swerved and came to a stop on Jamboree Road for several seconds before accelerating and leaving the scene.

Lewis died but though his girlfriend Lacy White was ejected from the Ferrari, she only suffered a broken elbow.

Kirby, whose blood-alcohol level was above .13 at the time of the crash, was sentenced in December 2010 to nine years in prison for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, causing gross bodily injury and having a previous drunk-driving conviction.

During daylight hours on March 11 every year since, Lewis' sister C.D. "Kaya" Lewis stands alongside that stretch of Dead Man's Curve holding a sign warning drivers not to drink and drive.

The investigation continues to determine if alcohol or unsafe speeds played a role in the latest fatalities.

UPDATE NO. 1, MAY 28, 3:38 A.M.: The teens killed on Jamboree Road have been identified by the Orange County Sheriff's Department as:

Driver Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, a 12th grader at University High School
Passenger Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17, an 11th grader at Irvine High School
Passenger Cecilia D. Zamora 17, an 11th grader at Irvine High
Passenger Aurora C. Cabrera, 16, a 10th grader at Irvine High
Passenger Robin A. Cabrera, 17, a 12th grader at Irvine High

"We do believe excessive speed was a factor in the collision,'' Kathy Lowe, the Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman, earlier told City News Service.

She adds in an email to the Weekly this afternoon that the investigation continues and requests anyone with information to contact Traffic Investigator Scott Grecco at 949.644.3747 or email sgrecco@nbpd.org.


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CaptainTrips
CaptainTrips

no sympathies at all for this foolish. imbecile,  immature act... Bad Bad Bad Parenting....amazes me to see media and friends sympathizing  after the act glorifying these teens as if they were some special kids.. All it takes is common sense and presence of mind to avert situations like these. There is something basic called as communicating to your kids. I completely agree with Steve Filipo. Be Honest people.. lot of bullshit and sugar coating  floating around in the way we communicate and react..

R Scott Davis
R Scott Davis

Always interesting to see how people deal with death. So disturbing that judgment of the dead are being made by the living but it is all too common. Hitting a tree at enough speed to split an SUV would almost make the seatbelts irrelevant. Respect the families and the dead. Move on!

Heather Turner Struck
Heather Turner Struck

I hope you would have a different outlook if you have kids or was in a community with such a big tragedy. I don't disagree with that the drive should not ne driving and that parents need to more involved in their kids life. The fact is the 5 young kids died and we should all us this time to reflect on the important things. This could have happened to any group of teens, nationality and weather the driver was an illegal has no impact on if he crashed a car or not. Would you have the same views if the drive was not an illegal? Kids don't always think before acting and don't always tell their parents the truth did you as a kid?

DanChmielewski
DanChmielewski

It was heartening to see students gather for a vigil remembering Ashton Sweet at the corner of Irvine Blvd and Culver last night.  The latest tragedy only serves to pull this community together.  There are families grieving, friends grieving, and teachers grieving over this loss; for the Cabrera family to lose two daughters must be especially devastating.  We need to offer our hearts and prayers to the families of the teens who died.  Please be thoughtful of them.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

No, Heather. The driver was a fn idiot. If his actions don't make it obvious, his picture does. And his friends for getting in the car with a guy who doesn't have a license because he is in the country illegally?? Idiots, too. And the parents of the driver?? Idiots for letting him have the car and drive it after already getting popped for driving with kids in the car (against the law for someone his age) just 2 months ago. And the dead girls' parent's?? The biggest idiots of all for letting their TWO daughters get in a car with this moron. Bad parenting all the way around is what is to blame. That and a total lack of the instillation of any sort of common sense in their children's heads. And frankly, the people that have claimed to be their "friends" in interviews on tv with news crews, half of which have cigarettes on their ears like they are pencils, they are idiots, too. These kids in the accident clearly were "in" with the idiot crowd.

IFYMLN
IFYMLN

For fuck's sake! Did a 14 year old write this article? Who the F hired this guy to write for OC Weekly?! Go back to school and learn how to write!

Heather Turner Struck
Heather Turner Struck

It's a sad week for the community of Irvine. I work down the street from the high school and have had most of the kids in my restaurant. Kids are kids I don't think the drive want this to happen to anyone when the group of friends hopped in the car to go to the beach. Instead of talking shit on the driver and his family, lets look at what ALL the families are going through and everyone that these kids have touched in their short life. Let's us this as a lesson for our families to learn from. Last night at the end of my work day a group of 20 were out side my restaurant talking about their friends they lost and how life is to short and the feeling of heartache in the air just bring tears to anyone eyes.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

How about a follow up story on the 6th kid who didn't go along for the ride because his dad made him stay home and do homework. "Not fair!".

Kristen Pruessing
Kristen Pruessing

Even my 18 yr old son said,"are you kidding me? Who doesn't wear seat belts?!" And I just heard on KFI that it looks like the whole family of the driver may have let their Visas expire. And the father is still back in Saudi Arabia. Bet they all pack up & BOLT! Such a waste... :(

Tommyray
Tommyray

This has been the mindset and its not about any age, if I'm not out having a good time I'm MISSING OUT ON SOMETHING" and usually that's involving drinking,

This is a timeless story we hear it at least a few times a year.

Cindy Schultz
Cindy Schultz

Even if the car was insured, the driver wasn't and there are policy limits. The expenses will more than likely exceed them.

Phillip Gencher
Phillip Gencher

i am waiting to hear if the driver's family from Saudi Arabia has diplomatic immunity...

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

You would be surprised " if the parents of the girls did not question who they were hanging out with" and I wouldn't be surprised in the least bit if they didn't. Many, many parents choose to be totally clueless as to what their kids are up to. It's much easier to be obliviously "cool" than it is to be involved, aka "nosey". I bet the parents of the girls wish they had been more "nosey".

Leila Oropeza
Leila Oropeza

No license does not mean no insurance. Vehicle could have been insured on a parents policy.

Phillip Gencher
Phillip Gencher

what a horrible tragedy! we don't know the whole story but I would be surprised if the parents of the girls did not question who they were hanging out with and if that boy had a driver's license, especially since most kids at that age are newbie drivers, I figure you would take extra precaution for your teenager, to make sure he was licensed and a good driver. Unfortunately i heard this morning that one of the kids posted a picture a few days ago of a speedometer doing 120mph, so it appears that some of them were into reckless driving, I wish those parents would have taken the time to look at their kids (minors) facebook pages and friends, get an idea of what is going on. What a shame!

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Is it safe to assume that the 4 that were ejected weren't wearing seat belts? This accident served as a teaching moment for my 10 year old daughter. I told her that wearing a seatbelt is waaaaay cooler than being dead. Never ride in a car, especially with a teenage driver, without a seatbelt.

Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

This story just gets worse and worse.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

While the penalty for being an idiot shouldn't necessarily be death, they were all idiots.

René Bruce
René Bruce

Not surprised, the mother of the driver needs to be charged, I sure hope it goes down as that will teach other parents not to let your kid drive without a license! She needs to pay and or do time for the crime !!!!

Cindy Schultz
Cindy Schultz

Soooo...no license means no insurance. Let's hope someone was smart enough to get the family assets freezed before they can transfer titles. I would hate to see these 3 families get nothing.

time4change55
time4change55

No doubt this is a very tragic event. One that will leave a lasting impact on many.

I also want to point out that the author of this article, Matt Coker,  should be called onto the carpet by his editors for his very distasteful use of dramatic bullsh*t, just to gain readership or attention.

There is no such thing as dead mans curve on Jamboree Road between Bristol/73 and PCH. In fact, if you look at any map or aerial view of this area it's practically a straight shot all the way to PCH.

I think it's reprehensible that any journalist would attempt to gain attention through such flagrant dramatics and an absolute misstatement of the facts, particular involving an article dealnig with the tragic deaths of five teenagers!!

Shame On You Mr. Coker!!

Acatl Atl Ollin
Acatl Atl Ollin

Teens should be driving piles of junk that feel like they are going to die at 45MPH. Children that drive BMW's from age 16 turn out to be the worst drivers.

seanthornton92887
seanthornton92887

Poor choices lead to dire consequences sometimes. In this case the driver wrote a check he couldn't cash. He overdrove his car and killed himself and his four companions. If anyone or thing is to blame it is the driver. The car and road are inanimate objects that were put into the equation by the driver who clearly didn't understand the responsibility he had behind the wheel.

That said, my heart goes out to the families of all the kids.  Nothing will ever make this hurt go away.  Prayers and condolences.

Jon Martin
Jon Martin

Would you say it's better or worse than trying to get off the 22 at the orange crush?

Johnna Stanford Jolley
Johnna Stanford Jolley

Very sad. Why are minors driving with other minors in the car anyway! Parents- know who your children are with and learn the law before you allow them to get in a car with another minor!! Its against the law!!! My heart goes out to all the families and friends of those effected.

Subud-abides
Subud-abides

Have to admit, at 17 there is no way I should have had driving privs.   So it's hard to get all righteously indigant at Adbdulraman.  So sad for the familias involved.  Expect some changes in the traffic enforcement and some massive litigation.

Minerva Magdalena
Minerva Magdalena

True but, Instructing them to perform Safe Driving Skills is Everlasting and regardless of make, model of car Speeding is Understood as Dangerous.

LAPBANDDAN
LAPBANDDAN

Well where live in IRVINE, we protect our kids behind a gate. We don't let our kids at NORTHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL to mix with others outside our social circle (ie. race).

I repeatedly warn other parents that going cheap with an Infinity or a Acura is simply taking your kids lives in your hands. We buy Mercedes and BMW's. Sure it costs more but, we live in IRVINE, my wife is a well respected writer and I run a botiuqe (whatever that is) and I'll friviously sue somebody every so often to pay the rent on my FJ CRUISER.

Basically, when you cohort with Latina girls like this, you might as well be slumming in Santa Ana. Hey, have you tried the fried Chicken at Memphis, My princess LOVES THAT!

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@Steve San Filipo Wait the kid was an illegal? Why was he allowed in school in the first place? 

barbaragarmon22
barbaragarmon22

@Leila Oropeza   - even if the vehicle WAS insured, unless he was listed as a driver, they wont cover it - and if he didnt have a valid DL, the insurance company wouldnt allow him on the policy at all - he'd actually be listed as an "excluded driver" - i just hope the family doesnt run for the hills because they're going to have to fork out a TON of money - unless its decided there was no fault...which i doubt.  so sad all around


tppbfan
tppbfan

@Rick Hale The kid that was in the car burned to death.

Seat belt or not nobody would have survived

Tommyray
Tommyray

Actually Dead mans curve is when leaving Dana Point, now that's from the early 60s, some say its the same one in the Beach Boys song.

bruz1111
bruz1111

@Karina Paulina Velasco Thank you !!! Most teens I see driving ( and man many adults) are to busy talking on the cell with hands, or texting, not to many teens will make it past the 1st year without some sort of crash, I've seen this many times with people teens that I know.. it's a shame !

theburningdown
theburningdown

@Subud-abides At this point, seeing as the driver wasn't properly licensed, I can see lawsuits over this if he used his family's car. The parents are responsible for letting him have access to it. Even if they say they didn't know. Which brings me to question if the DMV sends reports to parents if their minor kids get reported for anything.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@Subud-abides Litigation for what Babu? It's sad and tragic what happened but it's noone's fault but the dead teenagers. Everyone blaming the parents or car are just jealous haters who need to shut it. Any car can go fast enough to kill everyone inside if you hit a tree and the car catches on fire. What's wrong with you people? Can't afford an Infiniti so you have to make rude comments.

bruz1111
bruz1111

@Minerva Magdalena Isn't safe driving skills start with having a license ?

bruz1111
bruz1111

@LAPBANDDAN Is that why 90% of the benz and beamers I see in Irvine/Newps always have one tail light not working, cause they are such great cars... ha nice try ! Better go read consumer reports about how reliable all those cars you mentioned are, also next time you get out of your lil gated cracker track box, open eyes and see all the crap broken on those benz and beamers ( I own a Beamer, and a Mexican made ford truck, and a honda jap bike) the  bike since 91 has had zero problems as has the 2004 ford, but the beamer, total garbage !

celiamoss
celiamoss

@LAPBANDDAN Who do you think owns Memphis you moron. A latino and latina does. Check the crap that comes out of your mouth at your moronic door and show some respect for the kids (yes, kids) that have died.  You were a kid at some point. Just show some respect.


JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@LAPBANDDAN You lost me at FJ Cruiser. Are you a 20-year old boy?

barbaragarmon22
barbaragarmon22

 @vegandawg23 @Subud-abides  it absolutely is the parents fault as well!!! guess what? i have an infiniti and i let my 18 year old drive it and i'll be damned if he even THOUGHT of driving with another minor in the car for the first year when he got his license... - yeah maybe it was his moms car or whatever, but why are no parents asking who is going to be in the car? who are these people, where are you going and if i hear you drove like an a*hole, youre not driving for a month - and creeping on their FB and cell phones to make sure they arent lying to you or posting stupid pics showing 200mph on the speedometer... its a PARENTS responsibility to make sure your kids get out of childhood alive. this is a horrific tragedy and wouldnt wish the pain these parents are feeling on my worst enemies.
the reality is, our children are DYING and if a few more steps were taken....who knows... lastly - WHY were they driving anywhere after midnight anyway!?!?!?! it was a WEEKDAY at 2am when they had school the next day... PARENTS NEED TO KNOW WHERE THEIR KIDS ARE - PERIOD! they should have been in bed 

(PS your babu comment is in poor taste - and subud is right - as sickening as it is, i guarantee you the sleezebags were blowing up these parents phone the next day trying to get some lawsuits started - its just a fact)

TylerDurden
TylerDurden

Another idiotic comment from vegandawg23. It's not hate, it's the truth so deal with it. Definately would not have happened if that kid was driving a Prius.

Subud-abides
Subud-abides

@bulliedchinito aka ihateusc, you know the lawyers are lining up to sue his parents.  Doesn't matter if the case has any merits whatsoever.  The lawyers taste blood and they will feed.

LAPBANDDAN
LAPBANDDAN

@tyggermom @LAPBANDDAN 

NO I AM A FIFTY SOMETHING YEAR OLD MAN................

With tendencies like that of a FOURTEEN year old boy.

Post our real name and address and I'l mail you D!ldo's, tee sheirts and every other offensive items I can find......Then I'll sue you.....LAPBAND DAN.

Look it up LAPBAND DAN = IRVINE DAD/COACH/FREAK

I ALWAYS WIN, Just ask those losers in Santa Ana!

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@barbaragarmon22 @vegandawg23 @Subud-abides You never drove with anyone else in the car when you were 16? That's your story? Yeah teenagers are dumb. Always have been. You ever see Rebel Without a Cause? Teenagers used to play chicken with cars driving off a cliff and have knife fights with each other. I'm amazed I got out of my teenage years. I used to drive around drinking 40's smoking blunts when i was 18. I'm sure that's what they're all doing now still. What difference does it make who's in the car? You people are the reason there's so much traffic congestion. Raise the driving age to 18 and i'd vote for it. Kid was an illegal and shouldn't have been in the country. Shouldn't have been allowed to attend school. Infiniti is a great safe car. Nothing wrong with buying your teenager one if you can afford it and nothing wrong with modding a car (I have alot of handling mods on mine, which make the car safer as it corners better). This one just happened to hit a tree and get cut in half and catch on fire. You go 100 mph in your minivan and hit a tree same thing is gonna happen. Dumb teenagers rolled the dice and lost everything. Tragic but no need to lay blame.

bruz1111
bruz1111

@TylerDurden Your on friggin crack, do you know how many damn Prius drivers I see doing 100 down the carpool lane, you tool !  This kid would easily have been able to drive a Prius at 100 in the exact same spot that he was speeding during the crash that killed them all...  I for sure don't agree his mom giving him that car for 1, and 2 not sure why she would let me drive without a license, as he's not 18 so it's really her fault in the end as to why he was driving. How he was driving was his fault 100%

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@TylerDurden Noone's ever died in a Prius?!? Wasn't aware of that. Way to use an extreme example also. Maybe you should have said one of those Smart cars or a golf cart even. 

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