Victims in deadly crash identified as current, former students of Maranatha High School

PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) — Several victims of a deadly car crash in Pasadena over the weekend have ties to Maranatha High School, leaving many at the campus in mourning as officials try to determine what caused the collision.

Three people were killed and three others were severely injured in the single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning near the intersection of Sierra Madre and Foothill boulevards.

According to the Pasadena Police Department, a Tesla Model 3 with six occupants ran through a red light while traveling over 100 miles per hour. The car eventually crashed into a power pole before barreling into a vacant building.

Three people were killed and three others hospitalized after a car slammed into an unoccupied building in Pasadena, authorities said.

Three of those people in the car attended Marantha High School at one point.

“Our two current students are in the process of being healed, we hope. And one of our former students did not make it,” said Head of School John Rouse.

One of the victims who died has been identified as Stefan Michael Pfeiffer, an Eagle Scout. The 20-year-old was a student at Pasadena City College.

Co-workers say Esrom Fessemaye and the 22-year-old driver, Mohed Samuel, were also killed.

Samuel’s younger sister was seriously injured, along with another man and woman. The ages of those involved in the crash range from 17 to 22 years old.

Investigators say the cause of the crash is still under investigation and that they’re looking into all possible leads.

“There was evidence that alcohol was in the car. However, we are unable to determine at this time if the driver was impaired or under the influence,” said Lt. Anthony Russo.

School officials did not share the names of the others involved in the crash.

In the aftermath of the crash, Senior Ditch Day was canceled and 15 counselors and professionals were at the school Monday to help students with the grieving process.

“We’re going to spend our time this morning praying with them and encouraging them. Again, no one can know what our students are feeling. We are here just to empathize with them, to listen to them,” Rouse added.

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