Highway 99 in Delano, California, in the United States. Photo: Google Maps

A Filipino family of four and a family friend were killed after their vehicle crashed into a tree in Delano, California. Last Saturday evening, Jalson Laguta, 46, was driving a sport-utility vehicle and was northbound on Highway 99 when it swerved off the road. After hitting a tree, the SUV caught fire, killing everyone on board, BakersfieldNow reported.

The Kern county coroner’s office confirmed on Monday the identity of the casualties. Laguta was with his wife Arlene, their sons Caleb, 7, and Joseph, seven months, and a family friend, Danilo Salidad, 60.

According to relatives, the Laguta family were returning home from church when the accident happened. Family members want to bring their remains back home to the Philippines.

Police said the cause of the crash was still unknown, including whether drugs or alcohol were a factor. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident and running a routine vehicle check.

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