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[KHTS] – Two College of the Canyons football players were killed Friday in a car crash that also left a third football player in critical condition, college officials confirmed.

The deceased victims were identified as Isaiah Hastings, 19, of Lancaster, and Alexander Manu, 18, of Reseda. The surviving victim was identified as Eldridge Salguero, 18, of Van Nuys.

The crash occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday near San Fernando Road and Sunshine Canyon in Sylmar after a black 2005 Nissan 300z lost control and collided with a 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Justin Kravetz.

Isaiah Hastings

Isaiah Hastings

“We’re grieving the loss of two student-athletes whose lives and potential were tragically cut short,” said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook, who gave her annual pre-season address to the team last week. “This was a special group of young men who clearly understood the power of teamwork. Isaiah, Alexander and Eldridge had already distinguished themselves during their short time with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, and we’re hoping for the best for Eldridge.”

The Nissan was travelling southbound on San Fernando Road when the vehicle lost control and swerved into the northbound lanes of San Fernando Road.

Hastings and Manu, who were traveling in the Nissan with Salguero, sustained major injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel, Kravetz said.

Salguero sustained major injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

“We’re just devastated,” said COC’s head football coach Ted Iacenda. “Our team came together in a unique way over the summer, and the loss of Isaiah and Alexander leaves a void that I can’t begin to describe. We’re grieving for their families, and staying positive for Eldridge.”

The driver of the minivan, Suh Min Kyung, 44, of Castaic, and an 11-year-old child who was a passenger in the van sustained minor injuries and were also transported to a local hospital.

LAPD officials were unable to confirm the cause of the crash.

All three football players came to COC from Birmingham Community Charter High School in the San Fernando Valley, according to a COC news release.

Alexander Manu

Alexander Manu

Hastings played running back and was in his first year at COC. He was a former All City Player of the Year at Birmingham.

Iacenda described him as a quiet, serious player with an electric smile.

“He didn’t say much,” Iacenda said. “But he didn’t need to. He was a tremendous player, and his game said everything.”

Eldridge Salguero

Eldridge Salguero

Defensive lineman Manu was “larger than life in every sense,” Iacenda said. “Big hair. Big body. Big smile. He was one of those personalities where everyone on the team knew him, liked him and gravitated toward him because of his demeanor.”

Salguero plays defensive back, and is the type of player who demonstrates leadership on an off the field, Iacenda said.

“Besides being a tremendous football player, he is always on top of everything he needs to take care of as a student.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer H. Fredo with the LAPD Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8037.

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74 Comments

  1. Sympathy and prayers go out to all their family and friends…

  2. Very sad. Prayers sent

  3. Prayers for their families

  4. Angela Marie Rivera do you know any of these boys? One of them looks very familiar, but I can’t pin it. Lifting their families up in prayer!

  5. Just #50 so sad . Prayers to everyone .

  6. Prayers for the families. may they rest in peace.

  7. Rip young dudes. Very sad!

  8. :( prayers to their families.

  9. They went to school with me.

  10. Prayers go out to the families…

  11. Kiana Miller Kiana Miller says:

    RIP Isaiah… your family would always hold your great memories in their heart. Once again I am so sorry Taizha

  12. Bring tears to my eyes these guys was such sweet hearts to everyone who was around them… Prayers go out to their families… Pray Eldridge pulls thru

  13. There have been way too many deaths of young people out here lately. :(

  14. Why are people liking this. You people make me sick…

  15. Omg in know one of them

  16. Cheryl Faye Cheryl Faye says:

    So sad promising lives cut short …. Prayers

  17. David Deras David Deras says:

    going to miss you guys…

  18. So sad. Condolences to the families for their loss and prayers to the young man fighting for his life!

  19. They are holding a vigil tonight at 8:00 pm at BCCHS.

  20. So very sad, our condolences to their families.

  21. Monica Young Monica Young says:

    Prayers to the family in Jesus name Amen

  22. So so sad…. They lives were just beginning :(

  23. They where my kids friends. Prayer to the family. My daughter is in shock

  24. Don’t forget the people in the other car, including a child.

  25. Robert Dos Remedios im an idiot how about your self ?

  26. Prayers for tge families. So sad.

  27. Jairo Diaz Jairo Diaz says:

    Even beasts die r.i.p to them lets hope the one injured makes it this is sad

  28. Im ready ashlie. ? Hahaha u like to bully people with that ?!!!!!! Mmmmmmm come on wake up u r not a lil gurl anymore life is life. !!!

  29. Michelle Lea Michelle Lea says:

    RIP you are now flying high with the Angels looking down on all your friends and loved ones. You are now the Guardian Angeles to the COC Football team and also to your loved ones. My prayers go out to everyone that was involved in the horrible accident and keep there friend in is the hands of the Lord as he is trying to recover from his injuries.

  30. Michelle Lea Michelle Lea says:

    Espinoza Edgar M what if this was your family that was killed or seriously injured would you want someone to make jokes or laugh about you or your loved ones. Son life is not a joke, there is a time and place to crack jokes and now is not the time to make fun of people or to make stupid comments. Grow up because it can happen to someone that you care and love or even a friend.

  31. Mike Weaver Mike Weaver says:

    It is sad to see this, but what I don’t get is how careless they were with they’re own lives, and others. And how can 3 football players be sitting in a Nissan 350z that only has 2 seets… I just don’t get it at all… I’m sorry but I hope the driver gets the book on this one…

  32. So sorry….sending hugs to family and friends

  33. RIP Isaiah Hasting so young life is really short

  34. Patty Castro Patty Castro says:

    My prayers go out for the families of these boys. So trajic!

  35. so sorry to hear this sad news. Too young to die.

  36. Elviz Carpio Elviz Carpio says:

    Look Carlos Carpio

  37. Oh I know Elviz Carpio I heard the day it happen I knoe the cousin of manu

  38. Coach dos remedies is anything far from an idiot, he’s an.intelligent man and a huge mentor too many people and I’m sure including these 3 young men.

  39. I’m really sorry for what happened to all of the victims of this accident I loss a friend and today I receive the new that a friend Alexander manu pass I’m sorry bro Rip see u soon brother

  40. R.I.P. Young Uso’s…just another sad day!!!!!

  41. All Valley All Valley says:

    I know this all to well in 99 i lost my Cuzzin Shawn Perez he went to Palmdale high Rip to these kids that’s dieing young for no apparent reason Rip

  42. This is very sad news. Our hearts are joined in prayer for all who were involved and their families during this difficult time. Rest in sweet peace, Isaiah and Alex.

  43. What a waste… Sooo sad for the loss.. God bless your families

  44. Very sad…. praying for comfort to all affected by this tragedy.

  45. He die cuz he was speeding. Hahahhahaha

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