Two College of the Canyons football players died Friday night when the vehicle they were passengers in lost control and collided with a van on San Fernando Road in Sylmar. Another COC football player was injured in the crash.
Isiah Hastings and Alexander Manu were pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire officials according to a KHTS-AM report.
The Signal reports a third COC football player, Eldridge Salguero, was the driver of the black Nissan at the time of the crash. Salguero is listed in critical condition.
All three players were from Birmingham Community Charter School in Van Nuys.
COC Chancellor Diane Van Hook expressed grief over the two deaths. Van Hook spoke to the team in her annual pre-season address last week.
“We’re grieving the loss of two student-athletes whose lives and potential were tragically cut short,” Van Hook said in a statement. “This was a special group of young men who clearly understood the power of teamwork. Isaiah, Alexander, and Eldridge had already distinguished themselves during their short time with us.”
COC head football coach Ted Iacenda said he and the team are devastated.
“Our team came together in a unique way over the summer, and the loss of Isaiah and Alexander leaves a void that I can’t begin to describe. We’re grieving for their families, and staying positive for Eldridge,” Iacenda said in a statement.
A 44-year-old Castaic woman and a 11-year-old passenger were in a van that collided with the black Nissan. They sustained minor injuries.