On Thursday night, June 25, 2015, a 14-year-old boy from Trabuco Canyon
was killed in an accident with suspected drunk driver in Huntington Beach.
E. McEnally, 14, was in a pickup with his brother and cousin – Orange
County prep athletes – when their vehicle was struck by a man who
is suspected of driving under the influence.
McEnally of Trabuco Canyon was killed, his brother J. McEnally, 18, and
cousin, T. Murray, 18, of Huntington Beach were injured in the crash,
according to the
Orange County Register.
DUI suspect, J. Xahuentit Palacios, 39, of Santa Ana was driving a Nissan
Frontier southbound on Newland Street when he collided with the silver
2004 Toyota Tacoma, said the police. Police records indicate that Palacios
was arrested on suspicion of:
When Palacios’ Frontier collided with the Tacoma, it caused the Tacoma
to crash into a light pole, and the Frontier to crash into a 2006 GMC
Yukon, which according to police, was stopped on Adams Avenue in the westbound lanes.
HB Fire Dept. Use Heavy-Duty Rescue Equipment
After the crash, E. McEnally was trapped inside the Tacoma and had to be
rescued by the Huntington Beach Fire Department, who had to use heavy-duty
rescue equipment to get him out.
McEnally was transported to Huntington Beach Hospital, where he died of
McEnally’s cousin was driving the Tacoma, and his brother was the
other passenger. His brother and cousin were injured in the crash, but
their injuries were not life-threatening.
J. McEnally was treated at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and released,
and Murray was treated at Orange County Global Medical Center and released,
said the brothers’ uncle, C. Moore of Huntington Beach.
E. McEnally, who died in the crash was a student at Rancho Santa Margarita
Intermediate School; he played goalie for a local soccer team.
According to Moore, McEnally’s death and his brother’s and
cousin’s injuries have been devastating. He said that they are all
in tremendous shock and trying to deal with it.
J. McEnally is a senior at Trabuco Hills High School – there he plays
football and lacrosse.
Murray attended Huntington Beach High School, where he was the starting
catcher for the school’s baseball team this past season. He was
named to the
Register’s All-Orange County second team earlier this month.
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