The driver of this Sebring Orange C8 Corvette convertible failed to negotiate a sharp turn and crashed into a backyard pool in Chino, California early Wednesday morning, leaving two people dead and another in serious condition at a hospital.
Somehow, three people had crammed into the two-seater mid-engine Stingray, and all of them were ejected from the vehicle, instantly killing the 21-year-old woman who may have been the driver. A 27-year-old man died later at a hospital, and a third passenger, a 23-year-old female, remains hospitalized with serious injuries. No one in the home was injured.
“It was a big ol’ crash and bang, and I looked out my window and I seen something in the pool,” the homeowner said. “I wasn’t sure what it was.”
Aerial footage from the scene shows the front clip of the Stingray ripped off and lying on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the bushes away from the pool. Officials later had to use a crane to hoist the rest of the car out of the pool and onto the nearby road.
Chino Police Sgt. Jesus Jacquez said the Corvette struck the center median at Schaefer and East End avenues around 2:19 a.m. Wednesday, went airborne through bushes, and landed with the rear of the car upside down in the pool.
Speeding apparently is a common problem on Schaefer Road, neighbors told TV news crews.
The speed limit on Schaefer Avenue is 45mph but dips to 15mph at a very sharp turn marked by large yellow arrows, with the opposing traffic lanes separated by a concrete median. Police say the driver may not have been familiar with the area.
“The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation,” Jacquez said. “We are trying to determine if drugs or alcohol, or speed, were factors in the crash.”
Anyone with information can call the Chino Police Department at 909-628-1234.
Police are also trying to determine whether any of the three passengers were wearing seatbelts.
Authorities are still working to identify the victims and will then contact their families.
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