42-year-old Anurag Chandra of Corona, California, has been charged with murder after “intentionally” ramming his car into a vehicle carrying six teenage boys, killing three. According to authorities, the teens were playing a “doorbell ditch” prank on Chandra and prompted his violent reaction.
Last weekend, six teen boys: Drake Ruiz, Daniel Hawkins, Joshua Hawkins, Jacob Ivascu, Joshua Ivascu, and Sergio Campusano, were having a sleepover when they dared one of the boys to “jump into a pool at night or ding-dong-ditch a house,” Campusano told local reporters.
Campusano drove the teens less than a mile away to a nearby house, where one of them rang the doorbell and ran back to the Toyota Prius they were traveling in. Authorities said Chandra, the resident of the house, then got into his car and began chasing the teens’ car. Chandra rammed his vehicle into theirs, forcing it off the road.
The Prius then collided with a tree, killing three 16-year-old boys: Drake Ruiz, Daniel Hawkins, and Jacob Ivascu. Campusano, 18, who was driving the Prius, survived the crash along with Daniel’s younger brother, Joshua Hawkins, and Jacob’s younger brother, Joshua Ivascu, who all sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to Buzzfeed News.
Authorities said Chandra fled the scene after the crash and went to a nearby house, where witnesses followed him and was arrested shortly thereafter.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged Chandra with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder on Thursday. The DA’s office also filed a “special circumstance allegation of multiple murders” against Chandra, according to the publication.
Rest In Peace to the three young men lost and prayers to all of the families involved.