Community Remembers 16-year-old Killed in Accident in Porter Ranch

Community members gathered for a vigil on Sunday night to remember Magnus Joseph Robinson, a 16-year-old who lost his life in a head-on collision in Porter Ranch.

“Joseph was such a lively and generous person, always ready to lend a hand and share a laugh. He had a big heart, and his absence will deeply be felt by all who knew him,” Ivan Narvaez, Robinson’s uncle, expressed.

Narvaez recounted how his nephew was riding in a black Honda CRV with five friends, returning from a scenic spot in Porter Ranch.

“The accident happened as they were returning from the overlook. They lost control of the car on the descent, but we’re still piecing everything together,” Narvaez shared.

On October 22, 2022, the tragic event unfolded when the 20-year-old driver of the Honda CRV, reportedly speeding down Reseda Boulevard, veered into the opposite lane, crashing head-on into a Toyota Venza carrying a father and his two young children, before colliding with a parked Volkswagen Jetta that had a 30-year-old woman inside.

Robinson was tragically declared dead at the crash site, trapped inside the wrecked Honda. Another passenger, a 14-year-old, was rushed to the hospital but later succumbed to their injuries.

Surveillance footage captured the harrowing moment the Honda CRV collided with the Toyota Venza. The aftermath was devastating, with the vehicles’ mangled frames and debris scattered across the road.

Joseph Zaroukian, a local resident, described the immediate aftermath. “There was a tremendous noise, and upon rushing outside, I saw a devastating scene. The community and I tried to help as best we could, amidst the chaos.”

Police reports indicate that the occupants of the Toyota Venza and the Volkswagen Jetta sustained minor injuries.

The vigil was not only a moment to mourn but also to reflect on the young lives cut short. Joseph, affectionately known by his friends and family, attended Panorama High School and was one of five brothers. His family, in shock and mourning, struggles to comprehend the loss.

“All the young people in the Honda were from our community, including the driver. It’s a difficult situation, and the driver, who is also injured, faces uncertain consequences,” Narvaez added, noting the complex emotions surrounding the incident.

Authorities have indicated that the driver will be facing criminal charges upon recovery. Details about the 14-year-old victim, also a local resident, have not been extensively shared.

To support the Robinson family during this challenging time, a GoFundMe account has been established to cover funeral expenses, honoring Magnus Joseph Robinson’s memory.

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