CBS 8 reports, Ginevra Gallone-Latte, 18, was killed and passenger Manuela Cerciello-Rahbari,16, sustained life-threatening injuries after a BMW they were traveling in crashed into two trees.
The two friends were on their way to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
The driver of the vehicle, Cesar Hernandez-Ozuna, 21, sustained a cut to his face. Cerciello-Rahabari was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
The car was traveling eastbound on I-10 early Thursday morning. The California Highway Patrol said the car was driving at a high speed when it drifted off the road and onto the shoulder. Officials said the driver tried to steer the 2009 BMW 328i back onto the road but lost control before it drove down and hit two trees. The car was split into two, and Gallone-Latte was ejected from the car. Authorities pronounced the aspiring model dead at the scene of the car crash.
“The BMW was loaded with food, alcohol and camping gear as all three people were on their way to the Coachella Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio,” the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.
Authorities ruled out drugs and alcohol as a possible reason for the car crash.
“Our condolences go out to the student’s family and friends during this difficult time, and we wish the best for the other individuals involved as they recover. Counselors have been on campus to provide support to students and staff and will be available indefinitely to assist anyone in need. The La Jolla High community is strong and we will support one another during this time,” La Jolla High School where Gallone-Latte attended said in a statement read.