Police identified the two teens Monday who died in a solo-car crash on Golf Course Drive Saturday night after their car clipped a curb and collided with several trees and signs.
Lorena Recendez-Martinez, 17, was driving the 2018 Mercedes Coupe that crashed June 12. She was a resident of San Rafael and had previously lived in Rohnert Park.
The passenger was Amada Guadalupe Salinas-Agular, 16, who lived in Los Angeles but had come to Rohnert Park for the summer and planned to return to Los Angeles in the fall.
The city of Rohnert Park sent out a tweet Monday, extending condolences to the families and friends of the girls.
A memorial with flowers, balloons and photos of the girls has been set up at the site of the crash, but in that same tweet the city stated they had moved the memorial items while a crew replaces the damaged pole.
At around 9:25 p.m. on June 12, police said they received multiple 911 calls reporting two female victims with major injuries in a collision on Golf Course Drive and Roberts Lake Road in front of Mary’s Pizza Shack in Rohnert Park.
Police believe the two were traveling west on Golf Course in a 2018 Mercedes Coupe at a high rate of speed when the car struck the right curb while trying to maneuver the curve in the road. They jumped the curb and collided with two street signs and two trees. Finally, they hit a traffic signal and came to a stop.
When the first officer, who arrived in minutes, was on the scene he found Recendez-Martinez dead, and Salinas-Agular with critical injuries, authorities said.
Rohnert Park, Sonoma Life Support and Sonoma County Fire arrived but Salinas-Agular ultimately died at the scene, police said.
“Horrible, I’ve never been to a collision this bad in my career,” said Aaron Johnson, deputy chief who has been with the department for 24 years. “They weren’t ejected but just based on the way the car tore apart they weren’t seated in their seats [when officers arrived].”
Police shut down the road for three and half hours while the investigators collected evidence and witnesses’ statements.
At this time it is not known whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
A GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses has been set up for Recendez-Martinez, who was entering her senior year at Rancho Cotate High School, and she is survived by her mother and father and two sisters and brothers.
That area on Golf Course has had a few car accidents over the years, usually they are due to the speed of the drivers, Johnson said.
“This was just a bad crash for everybody involved. Of course the families, but our first responders are really struggling. We want to process it, you know also take into consideration the public, but just anytime you have a double fatality. But it just really hits home when it’s a small community like ours,” Johnson said.