​Teens Killed Truck: Dump Truck Crashes 2 Teens

Staff Reporter
Jun. 26, 2014

Two teens killed when a dump truck pushed their vehicle off a California freeway. The truck was carrying a load of concrete before the accident. The teens were pushed their off the freeway and into an embankment. The accident also injured three other people.

The collision occurred at an intersection in the town of Phelan. “The truck exited at Highway 138, came through the stop sign and collided with a green PT Cruiser,” Capt. Kyle Hauducoeu of the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. The dump truck lost its brakes on a small curvy exit off the southbound 15 Freeway, according to officials.

The teens killed by the truck accident were part of a group of five, traveling back to Phelan after spending the day at the beach. Two of the passengers died at the scene. The vehicles traveled about 20 feet off the roadway with the PT Cruiser coming to a rest underneath the truck, according to Hauducoeu.

The San Bernardino County coroner’s office identified the teens as Nicole Brittney Lyle, 18, of Victorville and 16-year-old John Anthony Cabrera Jr. from Phelan, who was known as “John John.”

More than 100 people gathered Wednesday outside Serrano High School to remember Lyle and Cabrera.

“Every time I think about them all I can see are their smiles,” said friend Robert Mineo. “Every single time I looked at Nicole or John John they just had the biggest smile on their face.” Lyle had recently graduated from the school. “She was a beautiful woman,” Joey Pinela, a friend who arrived at the crash scene on Wednesday, said of Lyle.

Shane Gretzner survived the crash with only a few broken ribs.

The vigil was tough for Gretzner who said he was there to thank God for his life and remember his best friends.

“Considering what (the) car looked like, I shouldn’t even be walking,” Gretzner said. Friends also took to Twitter to express their sadness over the deaths. Wednesday’s vigil centered around Cabrera’s beloved dirt bike.

Friends said they planned to sign the bike and give it to the teenager’s grandmother. Even though classes have ended for the summer, grief counselor were being made available at the school on Thursday for students. Martinez said that the passengers were all teenagers and young adults under the age of 25.

Greg Riess, whose children knew the teens killed by the truck, said big rigs have crashed in the area at least four times. Concrete barriers were recently installed at a Shell gas station near the crash scene to keep vehicles from slamming into it. The driver of the truck was not injured.

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