A San Diego teenager killed in a crash while traveling to the Coachella music festival Thursday morning has been identified.
Investigators say 18-year-old Ginevra Gallone-Latte was killed when the car she was riding in veered off Interstate 10 near Banning just after 4 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers confirmed Friday.
A 21-year-old San Diego man was driving and lost control of his BMW when he tried to steer back onto the road, CHP officials said. The car went over an embankment where it collided with two trees.
When the car split into two, Gallone-Latte, a one-time La Jolla High School student, was riding in the back of the BMW and was ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The BMW was packed with supplies for the festival being held in Indio, according to the CHP.
A 16-year-old female riding in the right, front seat was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, CHP officials said.
The driver suffered a cut to the face, CHP officers said.
The cause of the collision is under investigation but officials say alcohol and drugs have been ruled out as contributing factors.