An initial investigation into a fiery, solo vehicle accident that killed five teens on Memorial Day in Newport Beach has revealed that the driver did not have a valid driver’s license.

According to records from the Department of Motor Vehicles, 17 year old Abdul Alyahyan’s license application was still pending, and had not yet been issued at the time of the accident. Records also revealed that the teen was issued a citation in April for improperly modifying his car’s exhaust system and tinting his windows too darkly.

The crash that killed Alyahyan and four others took place at approximately 5:18 on Monday, May 27, near the intersection of Jamboree Road and Island Lagoon Drive, where police believe the teen was driving down the road at a high rate of speed when his vehicle, an Infiniti sedan, lost control, swerved off the road, crashed into a tree, split in half and caught on fire.

Four of the vehicle’s occupants were killed instantly and ejected. A fifth was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced a short time later. The victims in the car with Alyahyan have been identified as 17 year old Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17 year old Cecila D. Zamora, 16 year old Aurora C. Cabrera and 17 year old Robin A. Cabrera.

Another teen, 17 year old Tamer Mosallam, who would have been in the vehicle as well, had his father not kept him home to finish his math homework, told reporters that the group was riding to the beach to watch the sunset when the accident took place.

“I’m looking at life differently now,” said Mosallam. “I don’t know how I’m supposed to take it, but I’ve never felt anything like this before.” Tamer’s brother Dean added, “When you’re young, you feel invincible… that you can handle whatever you are doing. The thing is we’re young, we’re teenagers. We’re not adults yet.”

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident such as this involving an unlicensed driver, you should seek help. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your ordeal, you may be entitled to compensation from those at fault to help pay for things like trips to the hospital, surgeries, rehabilitation sessions, car repair payments and more. With the help of a skilled car accident lawyer, you can be assured of getting the full amount you are rightfully owed.

At AA Accident Attorneys, we will work hard to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible, and get you the medical attention you need in the meantime. As always, we will charge you nothing for our services until your case is completed. If we do not collect on your case, then you will owe us nothing. Call us today for a free evaluation and to learn what an experienced legal professional can do for you!