Two young boys were killed after an ATV they were riding on crashed into a pond in rural Placer County.
The accident happened Sunday afternoon on Wise Road near Wally Allen Road.
"It appears that the children were riding the ATV and that's all we really know," said Sgt. Steve Pellegrano, with the California Highway Patrol.
Pellegrano said the two boys, ages 5 and 3, somehow crashed that vehicle into a pond behind their house on Wise Road.
Although adults were home at the time, nobody saw when they went into the water, Pellegrano said.
"We still have to talk to the parents and get a feel for where everybody was, but now's not the time to do that," Pellegrano said.
Officers said a family member first pulled the boys out of the water and paramedics later performed CPR.
Later both were airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where they were later pronounced dead.
"As a parent to hear a death, it's shocking, you know, I have a 7, a 5, and a year-old, and it just gets you," said neighbor Jorge Medina.
Medina lives next door to where the crash happened, and although he doesn't know his neighbors very well, he often heard their engines running.
"Yeah sometimes you hear it, but you know the first thing [you think] is 'oh, they're are having a heck of a time,'" Medina said.
Pellegrano said the boys do not have the same parents, but it's unclear which lived at the home.
The ATV the two boys were on was built for children and at the time they hit the water, both were wearing helmets, Pellegrano said.
The tragedy is being felt throughout this rural community, where several other homes also face the pond.
"It's definitely difficult, you see the anguish on the parents' face and you know they have to deal with the repercussions of what occurred here and the first responders, it's tough for them to deal as well," Pellegrano said.
"I've been through certain tragedies myself and so it just brings back some scars we have inside of us ... We hope that they can get through this. Hopefully they're OK, and we'll be praying for them," Medina told FOX40.