Teen Driver Charged With Murder for Car Crash That Killed Tony Baker’s Son and Two Other People

Cerain Baker, Natalee Moghaddam and Jaiden Johnson | CREDIT: INSTAGRAM (3)

A 19-year-old from California is facing multiple murder charges in connection to a car crash that killed comedian Tony Baker’s son, Cerain Baker, as well as two others.

Hamlet Arseni Aghajanyan was arrested and charged on Thursday with three counts of murder and one count of reckless driving for his alleged involvement in the fatal incident, according to a press release from the Burbank Police Department.

A 17-year-old minor was also taken into custody at a juvenile detention center on the same charges, pending a review of the case by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, authorities said.

“This tragic and avoidable event was caused by subjects racing vehicles and driving recklessly at very high rates of speed,” police said in a statement.

Cerain, 21, Jaiden Johnson, 20, and Natalee Moghaddam, 19, died on Aug. 3 after their silver Volkswagen was involved in a traffic collision with a gray Kia and a black Mercedes Benz at the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive in Burbank, California.

According to police, the three victims — along with another unnamed passenger — were “ejected” from their car when its was struck two other vehicles that appeared to have been street racing. The car Cerain and his friends were in was not involved in any race.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner reported that Cerain, Johnson and Moghaddam died accidentally of “multiple blunt force injuries.” The fourth occupant “sustained serious injuries,” police said in a previous news release, and was taken to a local trauma center.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Gabrielle Chung