Roadside memorial springs up to remember 3 Applegate crash victims

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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An oak tree scarred in one of the most horrific Auburn-area crashes in recent memory was serving Monday as an impromptu memorial to three young men who were fatally injured there. The three were killed Thursday night on Applegate’s Applegate Road near Boole Road. The 17-year-old driver was behind bars on suspicion of driving under the influence. Unidentified by authorities because he is a minor, the youth also faces three potential manslaughter counts in Placer County Juvenile Court. Killed were Lukas Edward Warren, 21, of Meadow Vista, Daniel Silverman, 31, of Meadow Vista and 21-year-old Christian Mayorga of Auburn. A fifth passenger – a 17-year-old girl from Eugene, Oregon – suffered moderate injuries. Several people – many who knew the victims – stopped to add mementos and keepsakes to the shrine at the tree that was struck after the car the 17-year-old was driving left the road. Maureen Burgess, a close friend of Warren’s, stopped with a group to write a note to the families of the victims in Thursday’s crash. Burgess said she grew up with Warren and watched him during the ups and downs he went through in the last few years before his death. “Lukas was like a brother to me and this is tearing me apart,” Burgess said. “He was very positive, always told me to keep living and never stop being who I am. I wished I could have helped him more.” Warren was in the front seat when the accident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. News reports after the accident said Warren’s brother was driving. Silverman and Mayorga were in the back. Silverman wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the Subaru Outback when the crash occurred, the California Highway Patrol reported. Louisa Angleton, 17, said she had lost touch with the younger brother in recent months. Both brothers had attended Live Oak Waldorf School before moving on to public school in Colfax and Auburn. Angleton described the 17-year-old driver as going through some turbulent teenage years after overcoming an eating disorder and nearly dying in seventh grade. “They have wonderful parents,” Angleton said. “As younger children, they were both part of the community they grew up in and were really positive kids.”