A North County family mourns the loss of their son and brother who were killed Tuesday in a violent accident in Carmel Valley.
Anton Pereverzin, a 17-year-old Torrey Pines High School student, was driving on Carmel Canyon Road near Del Mar Heights Road when his vehicle hit a tree and caught fire.
The principal of Torrey Pines High sent a letter to the school community acknowledging that “news of this loss will have a significant impact on students.”
This seemed true not just for the students, but for many who felt compelled to come near a makeshift memorial at the crash site, including Pereverzin’s two older brothers.
They described him as a good guy, “Always smiling, laughing, joking.” He was a tennis player — “one of the best,” according to his brothers.
A woman who did not know Pereverzin came to the memorial to lay flowers.
“Yesterday was also a tragic day for the nation, the shooting in Texas. It’s a particularly heavy day for everyone,” she said. “I’m just here for my lunch, on my way to work, to show someone cares. I’m sure a lot of people care, but I care too,” he said. she declared.
“I can’t stop thinking about it,” said Cameron Reardon, who saw the crash.
San Diego police say Pereverzin crashed his Lexus SUV around 3 p.m. while traveling north on Carmel Canyon Road toward Del Mar Heights Road. He made a “dangerous movement” to the right of the roadway which caused the vehicle to hit a curb, then a tree and burst into flames, according to the SDPD.
Shiva Kooner, a student at Torrey Pines High, came to the memorial to pay her respects, while remembering what happened to her family two years ago on the same street.
“I wouldn’t expect it to happen twice,” Kooner said. A memorial stands where his 17-year-old uncle and cousin were killed when their vehicle hydroplaned and hit a tree. His other cousin survived.
It was just a tree away from where Pereverzin was killed.
“I just wanted them to know that their family is not alone, and my family is there if they need anything, and we are praying for them,” she said.
Many people told NBC 7 that drivers were speeding through Carmel Canyon. Police are still investigating the cause of Pereverzin’s accident.