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UPDATE: Teen Killed in Fiery 3-Car Crash on 170 Freeway Near Victory Blvd.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A 17-year-old Santa Ana boy who perished in a fiery crash on the Hollywood (170) Freeway in the Valley Glen area of the San Fernando Valley was a rear-seat passenger who was trapped in a car that was hammered when it was caught between two SUVs, the California Highway Patrol said today.

The crash on the southbound 170 at Victory Boulevard, reported at 6:37 p.m. Sunday, occurred when a 2004 Chevrolet rear-ended a disabled 2007 Jeep in the fast lane, according to a CHP statement.

The driver and front passenger exited the vehicle to check on the driver of the Jeep while the rear passenger, a 17-year-old Santa Ana boy, stayed in the car, the statement said. The Chevrolet then overturned when it was struck by a 2013 Lexus SUV.

"The rear passenger of the Chevrolet was unable to escape the vehicle or be extricated before the entire Chevrolet was consumed by fire. The passenger died at the scene, and was pronounced deceased by L.A. City Fire Department paramedics," according to the CHP. His name was not immediately released.

The 19-year-old right front passenger, Allen Guanzon-Palawar, was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. Driver Roland Valencia, 23, of Anaheim, had minor injuries and was not transported, the CHP said.

The driver of the Jeep, Barbara Camacho, 38, of Sun Valley, was not injured. The Lexus driver, identified as Sunny Sun, 55, of Los Angeles, also suffered minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment, according to the CHP.

Patch reader , who has sent us photos from around the area, including , sent in the attached photos from the accident.

LABornAndRaised July 09, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Wow, now that's what I call first hand reporting. Kelly, you're an angel. Glad there are still people around like you that we can count on.
Mari July 10, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Kelly, I was there too. I had to get out of my car to bang on some idiots window to move (he had a lot of room) because we needed to make room for the fire truck. Apparently honking at him was not enough! Did the highway patrol that first arrive put out the flames? It was after it arrived that the smoke turned gray from black. It was so terrible.
Skraeling July 10, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Probably right...but, people think that because they have cars that can go fast, then they must go fast....immigrants, younger people, druggies and boozers....we have way too many of these types on our freeways and streets. There is no real solution but drive defensively..the cops don't really have the time and it is a free for all...
Skraeling July 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Speed kills, we are told that from day one..
E.M. Fredric July 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Tragic and what seems to be more abundant in Studio City is speeding on surface streets as well. My heart goes out to the family of the killed teen and those affected by this horrific crash.

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