May 10, 2016
A deadly crash this weekend in Lake Elsinore was caused by an illegal street race involving two teenage drivers, Riverside County authorities said.
Ricky Keosy, 18, and Jacob Frederiksen, 19, were racing shortly after midnight Sunday and heading westbound along Railroad Canyon Road near Church Road, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
At some point, Keosy “lost control of his vehicle” and collided with a light pole, splitting the car in half, sheriff’s officials said.
One of the passengers in the car, 19-year-old Joseph Paul Castro Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene.
Other passengers in Keosy’s car were not injured, according to Cal Fire Riverside.
Keosy was arrested at the scene and booked on a felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, along with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, according to online jail records.
Frederiksen was later arrested at his Murrieta residence and booked on a felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, according to jail records.
Both men were released from custody after posting bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on July 1.