Teens rang a man’s doorbell as a prank. Then he rammed their car, killing 3 of them, authorities say (California)


By Kate Malongowski, CNN

A ding-dong ditch prank turned deadly after a California man rammed into a car filled with six teen boys, killing three of them, according to authorities.

The boys, who did not know 42-year-old Anurag Chandra, rang his doorbell and ran off, officials said, according to reports.

California Highway Patrol officials said Chandra then intentionally rammed his car into a Prius with the six teens inside as they were leaving the neighborhood. The Prius then struck a tree, Buzzfeed News reported.

Drake Ruiz, Daniel Hawkins and Jacob Ivascu, all 16 years old, died in the crash.

“Jacob is the eldest of five kids,” his father Alex Ivascu told KCAL-TV. “And he was the third mother/father figure. So we’re all devastated.”

Sergio Campusano, Joshua Hawkins, Daniel’s younger brother, and Joshua Ivascu, Jacob’s younger brother, all survived the crash, according to Buzzfeed News.

Chandra has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.