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By NICK SMIRNOFF / Special to The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Four people died and a fifth was critically injured Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 58 about 10 miles east of Mojave, fire officials confirmed.
The vehicle went into the center divider of the highway, said Kern County Fire Engineer Corey Wilford. Multiple people were ejected in the crash at mile marker 178. The person with critical injuries was airlifted to a hospital.
Early Tuesday, the Kern County coroner's office relesed the names of the deceased as Malia Moa, David Moa, Rachel Fisiiahi and George Moa, all 19 and all from Oakland. They all died at the scene.
George Moa was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon and lost control while driving westbound on Highway 58, a half mile east of Hyundai-Kia Boulevard in California City, the coroner's office reported. The vehicle rolled multiple times, ejecting two people.
Officers from the California City Police Department and California Highway Patrol, as well as the fire personnel went to the scene. A staff member at the California City department said their chief went to the scene.
The No. 1 eastbound and No. 1 westbound lanes were closed, and it was unknown how long that would last. However, traffic was still flowing, according to the CHP website.