Franklin High linebacker Jerrold Eddie Larranaga, 17, and B-team lineman Francisco Javier Hernandez, 17, were both killed July 3 when the car Larranaga was driving struck a parked tractor-truck, police said.
According to police, Larranaga's vehicle was traveling approximately 55 miles per hour in a 35 m. p. h. zone and attempted to pass a southbound car on Marmion Way in Highland Park when he lost control of a friend's 1979 Camaro. The vehicle crossed the double-yellow line, skidded approximately 275 feet and hit the parked truck. Hernandez was seated behind Larranaga.
Also riding in the vehicle were Larranaga's cousin, Juve Gomez, who suffered a broken arm and cuts, and Hernandez's cousin, Jose Chavez, who suffered cracked ribs.
Larranaga, who had aspirations of a career as a firefighter, was planning to attend Pasadena City College in the fall. In addition to starting at linebacker for Franklin's City Section 3-A Division championship team, he was the 1988 Northern League 100-meter champion and a member of the winning 4 x 100 relay team.