According to court testimony, on Jan. 19, 2020, Anurag Chandra said he became “extremely, extremely mad” after a group of teenagers on a sleepover acted on a dare to ring his doorbell. During the ding-dong-ditch prank, he said one of the children flashed him, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
Chandra, who reportedly drank around a dozen beers in three hours the day of the incident, claimed he was concerned about the safety of his family even though the teenagers fled.
According to prosecutors, Chandra got behind the wheel of his vehicle and went after a Toyota Prius with six boys inside. Chandra admitted he reached speeds of up to 99 miles an hour during the chase. He then ran the Prius off the road, causing the vehicle to crash into a tree.
Chandra claimed he didn’t believe any of the children were injured and he left the scene.
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The crash killed three 16-year-old boys, Daniel Hawkins, Drake Ruiz and Jacob Ivascu. Three other passengers were injured in the wreck, an 18-year-old and two 13-year-olds.
“The murder of these young men was a horrendous and senseless tragedy for our community,” District Attorney Mike Hestrin said, USA Today reported.
He added: “I thank the jury for their verdict. This is an important step toward justice.”
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