Driver arrested on suspicion of murder in Porter Ranch crash that killed two teens
A man was arrested after being found by a sheriff’s deputy at an apartment complex near the site of the crash that killed two teenagers who were allegedly drunk driving.
The driver, identified as 51-year-old William A. Wollney of Porter Ranch, is suspected of driving the truck that plowed into the front door of a home near the intersection of Santa Fe Road and North Parker Road in Porter Ranch on Sept. 18.
More details about the incident were released to KJLA-TV’s Dan Schmedding Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.
Wollney has been booked on suspicion of one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.
The body of one of the 13-year-olds killed in the crash was recovered by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The other teen’s body was found two days later by a passerby walking along North Parker Road at the intersection of Santa Fe Road in Porter Ranch.
Detectives are still working to determine a motive for the crash, but are working with the family of one of the victims to help identify the driver.
The two teens were allegedly driving their friend’s minivan at a high rate of speed near the intersection of Santa Fe and Parker Road at 3:20 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2014.
According to the sheriff’s department, deputies were called to the crash scene at 3:35 a.m. after they received a call about an accident at the intersection.
Deputies said they found one victim with significant injuries on the front passenger side of the minivan, while another victim with minor injuries and other items were found on the driver’s side. There were other passengers in the minivan that were uninjured.
The victims were transported by helicopter to a burn center. The names of the two victims were not disclosed, but are being released Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at the sheriff’s request.
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On the day of the crash, he told family members that he was “scared stiff” after he was pulled over for a traffic violation on the Santa Clarita Valley Highway.
He was pulled over because he was driving with an expired license plate and insurance on his vehicle, the sheriff’s department said.