17-year-old suspected of DUI in Applegate crash that killed 3

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Three men were killed and the juvenile driver is behind bars on suspicion of drunken driving after a car left an Applegate road and hit a tree late Thursday, the California Highway Patrol said. The crash took place on Applegate Road near Boole Road at about 7:30 p.m. Killed were Lukas Edward Warren, 21, of Meadow Vista, Daniel Silverman, 31, of Meadow Vista and 21-year-old Christian Mayorga of Auburn, a Highway Patrol spokesman said. The 17-year-old male driver of the Subaru Outback involved in the single-vehicle crash was taken into custody and booked into Placer County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of felony manslaughter and felony driving-under-the-influence of alcohol, Officer David Martinez said Friday. News reports stated the driver of Meadow Vista and one of the victims, Lukas Warren, are brothers. Law enforcement agencies are prohibited by law from releasing a juvenile’s identity to the public. A fifth vehicle occupant – a 17-year-old female from Eugene, Ore. – was taken by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with moderate injuries and is expected to survive, Martinez said. Silverman and Warren were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Mayorga was flown by medical helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he died Thursday night, Martinez said. The vehicle carrying the five was rounding a sweeping, downhill, possibly at a high rate of speed, on Boole Road, when it left the road, Martinez said. The crash took place just past a tunnel for vehicles to pass under the Union Pacific Railroad and near the Applegate Road turn. Evidence of skidding at the scene indicated the car travelled 35 yards after leaving the road and crashing into the side of the oak tree. The vehicle came to rest about 20 feet past the tree, hitting a smaller pine tree and a barbed wire fence. Sharon Albright, who has lived on Boole Road since 1979, said there has never been a crash on the section of road Thursday’s occurred on. “There are signs telling you to slow down and be careful,” Albright said. “Everyone who lives here knows that.” Tina Minyard was in her Boole Road house when the car hit the tree. It sits in the front yard of her property. “In the 35 years of living here, this is the worst accident I’ve seen,” Minyard said. “I actually cried a lot last night knowing that people were killed.” Chaz Schweitzer said he and Lukas Warren were schoolmates at Chana High School in North Auburn. The two had been in contact Thursday and while out of work, Warren was looking for a job, Schweitzer said. “I’m shocked,” Schweitzer said. “He was just a really great kid and it’s horrible when it affects someone so close. He was just a cool, free-spirited guy.” Silverman’s family was contacted by the Journal but declined to be interviewed at this time. Warren’s family was also contacted by phone but had not responded.