SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed two 18-year-olds, previously identified by CHP as men in their 20s, around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The CHP said a Pontiac sedan hit a tree while traveling west on Elverta Road, east of Northam Drive.
Speed and force of impact caused the car to spin and collide with another tree before splitting into three pieces, according to officers.
The crash caused the teens to be ejected from the car and both died at the scene.
CHP officials identified the driver as Antelope resident Bradley Johnson and the passenger has been identified by the coroner as Elverta resident Christian Buck.
The CHP said witness statements led them to believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.
In a statement sent to FOX40, Center Joint Unified School District identified Johnson as a former student within its district. It said counselors would be made available for any students or staff.
This is a developing story.