Family, friends mourn loss of 3 teens killed during San Jose street race

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Three teenagers were killed late Wednesday night in the South Bay after the stolen car they were in crashed during a street race.

The teens are identified as 15-year-old Jayleen Ciriaco, 15-year-old Anthony Ramos and 18-yea-old Oscar Avila Toledo.

Friends and family held a vigil Wednesday night.

Family members of three teens killed Tuesday night were overwhelmed with grief, unable to explain how the teens ended up street racing in a stolen car.

The three teens were killed when the Honda they were in struck a light pole and slammed into a tree. Another 15-year old boy was badly injured.

"When we heard it was a stolen car we couldn't understand why," said Melanie Martinez, a relative of Toledo. "You don't know what happened or who is at fault or anything. It's just you know, probably teenagers being kids."

Last year, a block away from Tuesday's crash, another person died in a drag-racing crash on East Santa Clara Street. Just seven months ago, another teen died, and two others were injured, while racing down West Hillsdale Avenue. Peggy Manzano says it's happening too often and too close to her daughter.

"She knew all the kids that were in that accident. The same way she knew all the kids in this accident," Manzano said.

"It happens every weekend, or every day," said Marlany Bernal a friend of Toledo's.

But Toledo's friend Marlany Bernal says those days are over now.

"Noticing that they're gone, it's dangerous. Everybody out there, they need to stop doing it. Like, it's not fun and games anymore," Bernal said.

Police are still looking for the other car that took off after the last night's fatal crash.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the San Jose Police Department's traffic investigations unit at (408) 277-4654 or Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.


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