Authorities Identify Teen Killed in Crash Near Orange County High School

Authorities Identify Teen Killed in Crash Near Orange County High School

An Orange County Sheriff's Department vehicle in Lake Forest, Calif., on Sept. 14, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

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6/6/2024

Updated: 6/6/2024

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PLACENTIA, Calif.—Authorities June 5 identified the El Dorado High School student killed in a two-vehicle crash near the campus.
Zachary Blake Henn, who was 17 and lived in Yorba Linda, was killed in Tuesday morning’s crash. according to the Orange County Coroner-Sheriff’s Department.
The crash occurred around 8:20 a.m. at Yorba Linda Boulevard and Valencia Avenue, according to Sgt. Joe Connell of the Placentia Police Department
Responding officers found the teen trapped inside a vehicle, which he was apparently driving to the school. Firefighters and paramedics freed him and took him to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The boy’s passenger, another male juvenile, had exited the vehicle under his own power and was located at the scene and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Mr. Connell said.
The occupants of the other vehicle—a 39-year-woman, a boy and a girl—were all hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, he added.
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District officials confirmed the boy who died was a student at El Dorado High.
“Our entire school district is overwhelmed with grief beyond words,” Superintendent Alex Cherniss said in a statement. “During this incredibly challenging time, we ask for your compassion in respecting the privacy of our student’s loved ones, and to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Additional support staff and counselors were sent to the El Dorado campus and other schools following the crash.
Placentia police urged anyone with information regarding the crash to call them at 714-993-8157.
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