Three Teens – Jayden Chhue, Aalvin Chhue, and Jose Espinoza – Killed in Modesto Car Crash with Semi-Truck
MODESTO, CA (February 4, 2022) — Three teens died after a semi-truck hit a vehicle that ran a red light on Tuesday afternoon.
Families identified the victims as cousins, 17-year-old Aalvin Chhue and 15-year-old Jayden Chhue. Also killed was their best friend, 16-year-old Jose Espinoza.
According to Modesto police officers, the fatal crash happened around 4:15 p.m. at the intersection of Carver Road at West Briggsmore Avenue. Police said a silver Infiniti sedan carrying five male passengers ran a red light and was hit by a semi-truck.
Soon after, paramedics reached the scene. According to the Modesto Police Department, two people died at the scene while another died at a hospital. However, all three have now been identified as Aalvin, Jayden, and Espinoza.
A 16-year-old passenger and the driver – 20-year-old Dearin Koeur of Modesto – sustained injuries in the crash. Both are said to have minor injuries.
Modesto police arrested Koeur after the crash. As a result, he is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter and child endangerment for allegedly speeding and running two red lights leading up to the crash.
Meanwhile, the uninjured driver of the tractor-trailer stayed at the scene and cooperated with police investigators.
Anyone with information should contact the authorities.
Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with the bereaved families and friends of Jose Espinoza, Jayden Chhue, and Aalvin Chhue.
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