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Brooke Hawley, Dylan Mack, and AJ Rossi killed in two-vehicle crash with alleged drunk driver Bani Duarte, 27, on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, California
The two-car collision happened shortly after 1 a.m. at PCH and Magnolia Street, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.
At least one person died at the scene and another was transported to a trauma center, according to police. Officer Angela Bennett later said that three individuals died from the crash.
Bani Duarte, 27, of San Clemente, was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving dunk causing bodily injury, according to Huntington Beach police Officer Angela Bennett.
Huntington Beach is 294 miles from Las Vegas, but the tragedy has caused plenty of pain for residents, some who took to social media to express support for those who died and their families.
Tears, comforting words and a lot of hugs were shared between friends, family, and even strangers to remember three teens, gone too soon: Dylan Mack, AJ Rossi and Brooke Hawley.
Saturday was their turn to do something for the teen. Hundreds of people flocked to the store all day to help raise money for Dylan's family.
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Bani Duarte, of San Clemente, was arrested on a $5 million warrant and booked on suspicion of murder and felony driving under the influence charges, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.
City News Service reports the 27-year-old Duarte pleaded not guilty Monday to three counts of murder as well as driving under the influence. Her bail was set at $4 million.
Along with the three counts of second-degree murder, Duarte is also facing a felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury.
But, he said, prosecutors will not be able to prove that her crimes amounted to murder because, after Duarte was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI in June 2016, officers failed to give her a formal warning required in California known as a Watson advisement.
Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before convicting Duarte of three counts of second-degree murder, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, for causing the March 29, 2018, pre-dawn crash that killed the other driver, 17-year-old Brooke Hawley, and passengers 18-year-old Dylan Mack and 17-year-old Albert Rossi.