A teenager was killed in a car crash in Portland, Oregon, early Christmas Day on the way back from a night of caroling.
Police identified the boy as 16-year-old Samuel Chiriac of Battle Ground.
Chiriac was one of five passengers in a car that went off an embankment at Southeast 103rd Avenue and Mount Scott Boulevard, according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau.
The car’s driver, 17-year-old Seba Pop of West Linn, Oregon, is in critical condition at a Portland hospital.
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Two passengers — 15-year-old Caleb Pop of West Linn and 17-year-old Timothy Posteucha of Northeast Portland — were taken to a hospital with serious injuries not considered to be life-threatening. A fifth teenager was uninjured, police said.
According to police, the teenagers were traveling from Happy Valley to Wilsonville after singing Christmas carols at the homes of people who attend their church.
The group was traveling as part of a caravan of three cars, police said.
Investigators believe Pop, driving a 1992 Cabriolet, attempted to pass one of the other cars and missed a sharp turn, causing him to drive off the roadway and crash about 1:53 a.m. Sunday.
Dense fog may have played a role in the crash, police said. None of the occupants of the vehicles appeared to have been impaired by drugs or alcohol.