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Teen Killed in Fiery Crash on 170 Freeway Identified

The collision on the southbound portion of the freeway at Victory Boulevard was reported at 6:37 p.m. Sunday.

A 17-year-old Santa Ana boy who was killed in a fiery crash on the Hollywood (170) Freeway in the Valley Glen area was identified Thursday by the coroner's office as Miles Christy Eubanks.

Eubanks was a rear-seat passenger who was trapped in a car that was hammered when it was caught between two SUVs, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.

The crash on the southbound portion of the freeway 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, the officer said.

The driver and front-seat passenger exited the vehicle to check on the driver of the Jeep while Eubanks stayed in the car, the officer 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 officer.

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

M. July 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Freeway speed limits should be reduced inside "city limits" -- in this situation this impact could have been reduced or avoided with lower speed limits.
kris July 19, 2012 at 12:55 AM
GRR... IT PAINS MY SOUL EVERY MORNING THAT I DRIVE THAT FREEWAY AND HAVE TO SEE THE CHARCOAL PAVEMENT WHERE THAT CAR ONCE WAS ON FIRE AND TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE DIED THERE. IT SUCKS... PEOPLE SLOW DOWN GIVE YOURSELF TO MAKE IT IN TIME TO WHERE YOUR GOING. PAY ATTENTION. JUST CURIOUS!!! THAT CAR FIRST RAN INTO ANOTHER CAR CAUSING A CHAIN REACTION OR WHAT?
jm September 07, 2012 at 11:56 PM
This is my good friends son...was his son. Robert Iam sooo sorry for your lost. This hurts my heart so much. Miles rest in peace..we miss you and love you. Everyone please so down.. Give Miles a Honk for love..... peace.
PM September 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
That is a horrible story. Those poor parents - I hope they use Mile's life to teach kids what to do when in those dangerous situations on the freeway - kids don't know what to do, how to handle it....Maybe Mile's can teach them.
Robert E January 31, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Miles Christopher Eubanks. Not Christy. I miss you every single day, my son. Love, Dad.

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